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Who We Are#

Fort Collins Utilities provides four essential utility services – electricity, stormwater, water and wastewater – and has more than 400 employees.

Staff take great pride in and are dedicated to the work they do: providing reliable, high-quality electricity and water services 24 hours/day, seven days/week, 365 days/year. 

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Fort Collins Utilities Leadership#

Kendall Minor, Executive Director#

Kendall Minor

Kendall Minor joined the City of Fort Collins in 2022. Previously, he served as vice president of construction for Cherry Street Renewables and spent over a decade as the utilities portfolio leader for Southern Company, where he began his career in 2007. Kendall has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. During his career, he has worked on every facet of utilities required to lead power generation, transmission and distribution, water/stormwater, fiber, as well as renewables.

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Gretchen Stanford, Deputy Director of Customer Connections#

Gretchen Stanford

Gretchen has been with Utilities since 2018, with more than 17 years of experience in the industry. “I am passionate about ensuring customers have a voice and upholding the values of a municipal utility. I am very proud of our team and the dedication and passion of each employee. I'm awed by their resilience and creativity. We want two-way communication between our community and our staff, who work to engage and educate customers on the programs we provide. We are here to serve the Fort Collins community."

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Jason Graham, Director of Water#

Jason Graham

Jason began his 20+-year career with the City as a lab assistant in the Pollution Control Lab. He later served as director of plant operations for our water reclamation facilities for 10 years before assuming his current position. “I love that I can do meaningful work for our community and work on organizational enhancement, which includes applying science and developing policies to create a lasting, positive impact in the area. The utility industry is always changing, providing us opportunities to learn and innovate. As a team, we are committed and passionate about delivering reliable and excellent water services to Fort Collins.”

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Lance Smith, Director of Utility Financial Operations#

Lance Smith

Lance has more than 20 years of experience in utility finance and has been involved in financial analysis and modeling his whole career. He has been with the City since 2011. Lance loves being a steward of the community’s assets. “I am passionate about Fort Collins Utilities striving for equity and being fiscally prudent. My team’s integrity is beyond question. As a municipal utility, our goal isn’t to generate profits – any rate adjustments are driven by increased costs in delivering high-quality and reliable services.”

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Phillip Amaya, Director of Light & Power#

Director of Light & Power, Phillip Amaya

Phillip has more than 20 years of engineering experience that includes system studies, grid modernization and interconnected software systems. He joined the City in 2022. He is focused on continuing and enhancing Utilities' collaborative momentum as we strive toward our 2030 goals and beyond. 

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Robin Pierce, Administration Supervisor#

Robin Pierce

Robin has worked for Utilities for more than 15 years. She provides executive-level business support to the Executive Director and oversight of the Utilities Records Management Program. She also enjoys helping community members when they have trouble finding the answer or the right person at Utilities. Prior to joining the City of Fort Collins in 2008, Robin was in the healthcare sector. “As Utilities endeavors to continually innovate and lead in this region, it is meaningful to me to be part of discussions that must balance forward progress with impact to our customers. I like to say that I listen to these discussions first as a customer and second as a City employee.”

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Our Teams#

Group photo of the water team

Water Utility Team

Group photo of the light and power team

Light and Power Team

Water Reclamation Team

Water Reclamation Team

Did You Know?

Watering only when grass turns a dull, grey-green color and footprints remain helps save water and money. 

You can save water when washing fruits or vegetables by filling the sink with water instead of running the faucet.

Insulating hot water pipes leading from the water heater helps keep your hot water from cooling off before it gets to the tap.