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Public Works Director receives national Public Power Award PDF Print E-mail

By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican

Pat Davison, public works superintendent for the city of Imperial, received the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Larry Hobart Seven Hats Award.
The award recognizes managers who perform a variety of duties in communities with 2,500 or fewer electric meters.
City Clerk/Administrator Jo Leyland nominated Davison for the award, because she said he truly exemplifies the wearing of several “hats,” or performing several duties.
The APPA is a service organization for the nation’s more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities, but Leyland noted Davison is responsible for much more than Imperial’s electric department.
He also is in charge of the water, sewer, sanitation, streets, parks and grounds, she said, as well as operation of the transfer station and maintenance for the Imperial Public Power District’s substations.
Up until about the year 2000, there were three full-time superintendents covering those city departments, and Davison now heads all of them, she added.
“He has so many responsibilities and does them well,” she said.
Davison, a native of Tecumseh, has lived in Imperial about 21 years.
He first become acquainted with the community in the early 1990s when working for the company that had the new school’s plumbing/heating/AC contract.
He moved to Imperial in 1992, and after working a time for Brophy Electric, joined the city crew as an electric lineman. He quickly rose to become a crew leader.
Eight years ago, he was named Public Works Director, and oversees 20 employees in seven departments.
He is also active in the League of Nebraska Municipalities and the Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN).
He and his wife, Carla, have two children and six grandchildren.
Davison was unable to attend the awards ceremony this week at the APPA’s national conference in Nashville, Tenn., but said he appreciated the recognition.


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