New Braunfels Utilities has been in the process of selecting its next CEO, following the departure of its previous CEO Ian Taylor in June.

Since Taylor decided to step down from the position with NBU and retire from public service, NBU Chief Operations Officer Ryan Kelso was selected to serve as interim CEO.

A closer look

NBU officials said they have partnered with Baker Tilly, an executive search firm to assist the utility in filling the role. Through the process, they have also invited community input.

"Community engagement is at the heart of our process, and we value the insights of our fellow residents," NBU board of trustees President Wayne Peters said. "This partnership with Baker Tilly underscores our commitment to a transparent, community-driven selection process."

Throughout October, NBU's digital survey received input from over 165 community members. NBU officials said they intentionally sought feedback from diverse voices and backgrounds to create a collective perspective.

According to survey results, 53.6% of respondents identified themselves as NBU employees, 25.3% as NBU clients, and the remaining participants were made up of community members, government leaders, external partners and elected officials.

"I commend NBU for taking this proactive approach in involving our community in such an important decision," New Braunfels Mayor Neal Linnartz said. "Our city thrives when our utility service provider is aligned with the needs and aspirations of our residents."

The specifics

Individuals interested in the CEO position can apply by Nov. 27. More information on the position and key attributes that have been identified for the role can be found at

"We greatly appreciate the valuable feedback received from our community, which will help us select the leader who will steer NBU to an even brighter future," NBU board Vice President Judith Hoffmann said. "This collaborative approach reflects our commitment to making this decision a true community effort."