Austin Utilities announces retirements, advancements

Austin Utilities today announced the retirement of Kim Duncomb, Employee Relations Director with 20 years of service effective January 31, 2021.

Kim Duncomb

Duncomb began her career with Austin Utilities in March 2000 as the Human Resource Manager in a shared position between the City of Austin and Austin Utilities. After a few short months she moved to a full-time position with Austin Utilities as the HR/Safety Manager. In 2006, Duncomb was promoted to Customer and Employee Relations Director and most recently, after a companywide reorganization, Employee Relations Director.

Duncomb administered contracts and benefits for three unions as well as a companywide safety program in a heavily regulated industry. In 2020 Austin Utilities had zero OSHA recordable incidents. One of Duncomb’s many accomplishments during her career was overseeing the contracting and implementation of new customer service billing and accounting software at Austin Utilities. In addition, she was responsible for the recruitment and hiring of Austin Utilities staff over the last 20 years.

As a result of Duncomb’s retirement, Austin Utilities welcomes Dan Ulland as the new Employee Relations Director.

Dan Ulland

Ulland’s background includes over 30 years of Human Resources experience across many industries. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management and has earned the Certified Employee Benefits Specialist designation awarded from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.