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BPU Kansas City Board of Public Utilities General Manager Receives Leadership and Managerial Excellence Award
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BPU Kansas City Board of Public Utilities General Manager Receives Leadership and Managerial Excellence Award

(KANSAS CITY, Ks) — William (Bill) Johnson, general manager of the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities in Kansas, received the Mark Crisson Leadership and Managerial Excellence Award during the American Public Power Association’s National Conference in Orlando, Florida.

The award recognizes managers at a utility, joint action agency, or state or regional association who steer their organizations to new levels of excellence, lead by example, and inspire staff to do better.

Bill currently oversees all functions of the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU), including 600 employees, an annual budget of $348 million, 800 megawatts of generation capacity, and 65,000 customers spread over 135 square miles.

He is the first African American to be appointed GM of BPU, and a recognized leader and mentor for the community through his professional affiliations. Throughout his career, he has helped identify, implement, and champion several initiatives to improve the efficiency, reliability, and affordability of electric service to the community. This has benefited BPU and the industry by setting new standards, utilizing new technology, promoting conservation, and reducing environmental impacts. He has helped KCBPU become a recognized leader in renewables and energy efficiency, highlighting the importance of protecting the environment for a healthy community.

BPU Kansas City Board Of Public Utilities General Manager Receives Leadership And Managerial Excellence Award
BPU GM Bill Johnson is pictured with APPA Board of Directors Chair and President and CEO, American Municipal Power, Jolene Thompson (L) and APPA Chair-Elect and Executive Director, Kansas Municipal Utilities, McPherson, Kansas, Colin Hansen (R).

About APPA
The American Public Power Association is the voice of not-for-profit,
community-owned utilities that power 49 million people in 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. APPA advocates and advises on electricity policy,
technology, trends, training and operations.

About BPU

BPU’s water department was originally created in 1909, and its electric utility was operational in 1912. The purpose of the utility, then and to this day, is to provide the highest quality electric and water services at the lowest possible cost. Today the publicly owned utility serves approximately 65,000 electric and 53,000 water customers, primarily in Wyandotte County, Kansas. The mission of the utility and its employees is “to focus on the needs of our customers, to improve the quality of life in our community while promoting safe, reliable and sustainable utilities.” BPU’s Web site is www.bpu.com

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