Hoye announces retirement from MRES Board

Jim Hoye, who has served over 20 years on the Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) Board of Directors (Board), recently announced his retirement from the Board. The Board accepted Hoye’s resignation during its Dec. 7 meeting and adopted a resolution of commendation and appreciation for his decades of loyal, dedicated service.

Jim Hoye

Hoye joined the MRES Board in 2000 and has served in various offices, most recently as first vice chair. Throughout his time on the Board, he has strongly advocated for the interests of Missouri River’s smaller member utilities.

“Jim’s input during Board meetings has been invaluable, and his patience, quiet demeanor and infectious laugh will be missed,” said MRES Board Chair Vernell Roberts. “We all wish him a long, happy retirement.”

Earlier this year, Hoye also announced his plans to retire as general manager of Rock Rapids (Iowa) Municipal Utilities (RRMU), a position he has held since 1998. While at RRMU, he spearheaded the utility’s efforts to pursue and receive grants that resulted in three generators, a street lighting upgrade, a 69-kilovolt transmission line, and the first public electric vehicle charging station in Rock Rapids. He also guided RRMU through four major disasters — two floods, an ice storm, and a polar vortex — leading the utility’s recovery efforts and helping with community needs.

In addition to his leadership roles at RRMU and MRES, Hoye served nine years on the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities Board of Directors, including a term as president in 2007. He is also a longtime board member and served as treasurer of the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System from July 2019 to September 2023.

“It has been a pleasure working with the MRES staff, both past and present, over the years. They have been the ultimate professionals,” Hoye said. “I have also enjoyed being part of a Board whose members have been so willing to share their many talents and wisdom. I will cherish the bonds and friendships I have made with these folks, and I’ll be cheering the Board and staff on as they go on to accomplish future successes.”

Hoye and his wife Michelle (Mick) have two grown children. Their plans include traveling, moving closer to their kids and spoiling their grandchildren.

For more information, contact MRES Vice President of Member Services and Communications Tim Blodgett at 605-338-4042 or info@mrenergy.com.