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IBM representative added to RPU board

By Bob Freund

The Post-Bulletin

IBM Rochester again has a place at the table of the policy-making board for Rochester Public Utilities, the city’s municipal electric and water systems.

Dave Reichert, facilities engineering manager for the IBM complex, joined the RPU board Tuesday. He was appointed earlier in the month by Mayor Ardell Brede from a field of seven candidates.

Reichert succeeds Susan Parker, who stepped off the board in March to become RPU’s director of corporate services.

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Reichert, 55, primarily is responsible for construction projects at the sprawling IBM site on the city’s northwest side. He also oversees energy management and conservation, among other programs, funded through his department.

IBMer Bob Maroo served on the RPU board from 1992 through 1999.

IBM is the second-largest power customer served by RPU. No. 1 is Mayo Clinic, which also has an executive on the board.

Reichert said Wednesday he is not joining with any specific agenda in mind. His experience working with large projects might be beneficial to the board, he said. At the same time, "I’ve got a lot to learn."

Reichert’s appointment is for two four-year terms, RPU spokesman Tony Benson said. The appointment was ratified by the city council on May 7.

As a board member, Reichert will not vote on IBM-related matters under the terms of a conflict-of-interest contract required by RPU, Benson said.

Reichert is a past board member for the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce board and serves on the board of the Olmsted Community Housing Partnership.

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