Don Miller, electric superintendent at Carlisle Municipal Electric Utility in Carlisle, Iowa, received an American Public Power Association Larry Hobart Seven Hats Award at the Association’s national conference in Minneapolis, Minn. This award recognizes managers of small utilities serving fewer than 2,500 meters. These managers have a very small staff and must assume multiple roles. The seven hats they must wear are: planning and design, administration, public relations, field supervision, accounting, human resources, and community leadership. Miller is one of eight winners in 2015.
Miller has been with the City of Carlisle for more than 22 years. He is directly involved in undergrounding electrical lines and making sure the lines are in place for any new construction. He replaced the utility’s outdated meter system to allow for more accurate billing. Miller is on the front lines with customers, answering their questions, and he is a champion of electrical safety.