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Kate Gideon To Serve As New Vice-Chair

(New Braunfels, TX – September 30, 2022) – Yesterday, the New Braunfels Utilities (NBU) Board of Trustees appointed Justin Meadows as the new NBU Rate Advisory Committee Chair. The change comes as Chair Dr.  Les Shephard steps down from the leadership role, citing scheduling conflicts. Mr. Shephard intends to continue serving as a member of the committee, and the NBU Board of Trustees is pleased that Shephard will continue to serve.

The Board also named Kate Gideon as the new Vice-Chair of the Rate Advisory Committee, filling the seat of Justin Meadows.

In his new role, Mr. Meadows will lead the ongoing efforts of the NBU Rate Advisory Committee to help determine the total costs of providing service to NBU customers and recommend a plan that will equitably allocate those costs to each customer class.

Kate Gideon, a longtime New Braunfels resident, will take a more active leadership role on the committee.
Her business experience and her passion for the community have equipped her well for her new role.

“New Braunfels Utilities and the community can be proud of the leadership Justin Meadows brings to the Rate Advisory Committee,” said NBU Board Trustee and Vice President Wayne Peters. “Justin has served the community for six years as an elected City Council member and Mayor Pro Tem. On behalf of NBU, we are confident that he and Kate Gideon will provide effective leadership as the committee seeks to bring a final rate plan recommendation to the full Board and NBU Leadership.”  Peters continued, “we are thankful for Dr. Shephard’s leadership over the past months and his support for the formation of the Rate Advisory Committee,  and we are grateful for his continued service to the committee.”

The NBU Rate Advisory Committee is working with NBU and its consultants to finalize the Cost of Service Study and recommend a new rate design structure to the NBU Board of Trustees in March 2023.
New Braunfels Utilities’ leadership will present their final recommendations to the City Council in April 2023.

“We could not be more pleased that Justin Meadows and Kate Gideon will serve as Chair and Vice-Chair of the NBU Rate Advisory Committee,” said Judith Hoffmann, NBU Board Trustee and President. “Their heart for serving their community has been demonstrated through their work in public service. Together, they bring the experience and perspective necessary to lead the efforts of the Rate Advisory Committee.”

To learn more about NBU’s Rate Advisory Committee, visit


About New Braunfels Utilities:
Dedicated to excellence in service, New Braunfels Utilities (NBU) was established in 1942 and is one of 2,000 community-owned, nonprofit public power electric utilities in the nation. The mission of NBU is to enhance the quality of our community by providing innovative, essential services. Governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of local residents appointed by the New Braunfels City Council, NBU is committed to being a recognized and trusted community partner, providing essential electric, water, and wastewater services. Utility revenue is invested back into the utility systems, which benefits the community. New Braunfels Utilities makes an annual transfer to the City of New Braunfels, which in turn help
s to pay for services such as fire, police, and parks. Additionally, in 2016, NBU repurposed its former16-acre warehouse site to become the Headwaters at the Comal, to serve as its conservation legacy, which will strengthen the relationship between the community and nature by showcasing the significance of the Comal Springs. Follow NBU on Facebook at, on Twitter at @nbutexas, and learn more, visit