A former Houston city administrator was honored last week during the annual meeting of the Missouri Public Utility Alliance at Tan-Tar-A at Osage Beach.

Larry Sutton received a resolution and a plaque for his contributions to the group, which Houston joined as a source of electrical power expertise when its wholesaler exited the market.

Sutton, who was city administrator from November 2007 to May 2017, served on the Missouri Joint Municipal Electrical Utility Commission since 2014, rising to chair in September 2016. He also was the first chair of the Mid-Missouri Municipal Power Energy Pool.

The organization noted at the meeting that under Sutton’s leadership, the City of Houston obtained more than $6 million in grants, built two new roads to alleviate highway traffic, constructed a new industrial park and made major airport improvements.

On the utility side, the group said, Sutton oversaw the replacement of a 30-year-old sewer plant in 2011. It was noted that when Houston and several other mid-Missouri cities learned that their wholesale power arrangement was being terminated, Sutton assisted in the creation of the Mid-Missouri Municipal Power Emergency Pool. 

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