A statewide organization of municipal utilities has presented Dr. James Stoffer of the Rolla Board of Public Works its Public Official Award.
The award, presented by the Missouri Public Utility Alliance (MPUA), recognizes an elected or appointed member of a policy board or commission for his or her participation in statewide utility issues.
“Through 43 years of service to the Rolla Board of Public Works and the City of Rolla, Stoffer has modeled what it means to be a truly effective public official," said Duncan Kincheloe, CEO of the MPUA.
During Stoffer’s 43 years of service, including 12 years on the Rolla Planning and Zoning Commission and 31 years on the Rolla Board of Public Works, Rolla Municipal Utilities (RMU) nearly doubled its number of electric and water meters, the amount of power consumed tripled and RMU constructed six distribution substations.
Additionally, RMU made considerable water improvements, increased supply and earned a Class 1 ISO rating for its water supply, which lowered insurance premiums for residents and businesses.
Stoffer played a strong role in planning, negotiating and obtaining MPUA lease-purchase financing for key projects at RMU, including $6 million for 14 Caterpillar diesel generators, $2.4 million for two 1.2-million gallon water supply storage tanks, and $15 million to connect to the bulk transmission power system.
To receive the award, nominees must be an elected or appointed member of a policy board or commission of a municipal utility and actively participate in MPUA state or federal activities for at least five years.