Schiebout to Retire From Regional Leadership Role

December 17, 2020 2:38pm

Harold Schiebout

Harold Schiebout, of Sioux Center, is retiring from leadership of a regional utility partnership after helping guide it for decades.

Schiebout has served 44 years on the Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) board of directors, and 34 of those years as chair of the board. MRES is an organization of 61 member municipal utilities in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Under the board’s direction, MRES supplies these member utilities, including Sioux Center Municipal Utilities, with energy and energy services.

Schiebout plans to retire from the board at the end of 2020.

Along with Schiebout’s service to community-owned power on the MRES board, he also served as the Sioux Center Utilities Manager for more than 30 years and City Manager for more than 20 years, and in total worked for the city and utilities for five decades. He has also been honored with local, state, regional and national recognition and served in leadership positions in various public power organizations at all levels. Schiebout is a past president of the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, where he was recognized with lifetime membership and honored by his peers with a Distinguished Service Award for his exceptional leadership. He has received two significant national honors from the American Public Power Association.

“Harold is widely known for his inclusive leadership style, his outstanding work ethic, his technical knowledge and people skills, and his dedication to making the MRES board, staff and organization the best it can be,” said MRES President and CEO Tom Heller. “His contributions to the board will be greatly missed, as will his years of experience, thoughtful insight and tactful guidance.”

Schiebout will stay on in an advisory role for the MRES board as chair emeritus beginning Jan. 1, 2021, to help with a smooth transition for the board and the new chair, who will be elected at the Dec. 17 board meeting. A new first vice chair will also be elected at the board’s Dec. 17 meeting, along with new directors representing Iowa and South Dakota to replace Schiebout and a second retiring member.