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Lunderville to lead Burlington Electric Dept.

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The Burlington Electric Department named its latest general manager Tuesday.

After 15 years, Barbara Grimes is stepping down, and Mayor Miro Weinberger will make Neale Lunderville the interim GM.

Lunderville served as CEO of NG Advantage, an energy company he co-founded in 2012. The mayor touted Lunderville's leadership experience as a reason why he fit the job, but the search for a permanent GM will continue.

"I'm looking for someone who brings not necessarily deep experience within the utility industry, but if not that then experience within a senior government role in Vermont or through a regulated industry. Perhaps someone who'd been in the private sector in senior management would also be appropriate," said Weinberger, D-Burlington.

Lunderville was the former administration secretary and transportation secretary under Republican Gov. Jim Douglas. Lunderville also helped Gov. Peter Shumlin lead the recovery from Tropical Storm Irene. Lunderville also has utility experience working as an official with Green Mountain Power.

The Burlington City Council must now approve Lunderville as the interim general manager. The mayor said Lunderville is likely to hold the position for 6 to 9 months.

The search for a permanent director could take months.

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