Kevin Gladden, village administrator for the Village of Genoa, has been named the American Municipal Power Seven Hats Award winner for 2012.
Gladden received the award Oct. 24 at the AMP/OMEA conference.
The prestigious award was given to Gladden for his accomplishments in utility management and service to his community, according to American Municipal Power officials. Gladden serves a dual role with the village. He was appointed as village administrator more than a year and half ago but has been the public works superintendent for years.
Gladden said he appreciated the award and credited his wife and family for putting up with all the time he spent away from home at meetings and conference.
But no man wins an award alone, he said.
“Also, my public works staff would be on the top of the list in support,” Gladden said, followed by the administrative staff, especially MaryAnn Bell, Mayor Mark Williams and members of village council.
Thirteen people, including family and co-workers, attended the ceremony.
“It was very impressive to have them there in support,” Gladden said. “Even our police chief was in attendance.”
Seven Hats is given annually to recognize utility managers in communities for outstanding municipal utility service and management skills.
AMP officials say award winners excel in seven areas: planning and design, administration, public relations, field supervision, accounting, personnel or employee direction and community leadership.
Gladden oversees 17 employees as well as the village’s $8 million budget. He was lauded especially for three key things, according to AMP officials. They pointed to the new policy and procedure manual implemented for employees, the program to reduce the village’s accident risk, and the maintenance of village property.
AMP is a non-profit organization in wholesale power supply for municipal electrical systems.
AMP services 129 members – 128 member communities in the states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Viriginia, Kentucky and West Virginia – along with the Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation, a joint action agency located in Smyma, Delaware.
Altogether, these publicly owned utilities serve about 625,000 customers.
Genoa is a member of the group along with Elmore and Oak Harbor.
Buck Stoiber, Elmore’s utilities supervisor, has won the award in past years.
Photo cutline: AMP President/CEO Marc Gerken (at right) presents Genoa Village Administrator Kevin Gladden with the 2012 Seven Hats Award. (Photo provided by AMP officials)