Rodney Bourne, general manager of Rolla Municipal Utilities representing the Missouri Public Utility Alliance, left, presents an award to Houston City Administrator Larry Sutton, center. Looking on is Duncan Kincheloe, CEO of Missouri Public Utility Alliance.

A statewide organization of municipal utilities has presented Houston City Administrator Larry Sutton, its “Honor Award.” The recognition, presented by the Missouri Public Utility Alliance (MPUA), is given to an individual for making significant contributions to municipal utilities.

“Larry has shown exceptional leadership and dedication to the city, to the MMMPEP power pool and to the Alliance,” said Duncan Kincheloe, CEO of the Missouri Public Utility Alliance. 

The annual award is made to a recipient with many years of exceptional service in municipal utilities, in recognition for outstanding contributions to the MPUA member utility in meeting its objectives.

For the past five years, Sutton has worked to improve all aspects of the city, the group noted. He has led the way in obtaining more than $6 million in grants, built two new roads to alleviate highway traffic, began a five-mile trail and sidewalk project, built a new industrial park and made major airport improvements, the group said in making its announcement.

When Houston and several other mid-Missouri cities learned that their source of wholesale power was going to be terminated, Sutton assisted in the creation of the Mid-Missouri Municipal Power Energy Pool (MMMPEP), to ensure that Houston could purchase wholesale power with rate stability.

Sutton has also implemented an energy efficiency program for city-owned facilities and reduced utility consumption at city hall by 30 percent.

MPUA’s annual awards are made in recognition of achievement and distinction among professional peers with Missouri’s municipal utilities.  

The Missouri Public Utility Alliance is a multi-state association of more than 120 city-owned electric, water, gas, wastewater and broadband utilities in Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas and Kansas.

MPUA provides support to its members in the areas of electric and natural gas supply, water and wastewater compliance, mutual aid disaster assistance, financing, safety training and utility operations. MPUA also advocates on behalf of municipalities on utility issues at the national and state levels.

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