Former Utility Manager for New Richmond Utilities inducted into power supplier’s Joint Action Hall of Fame
The membership of WPPI Energy has inducted former City Administrator and Utility Manager for New Richmond Utilities Dennis Horner into its prestigious Joint Action Hall of Fame. WPPI Energy presented Horner with the honor at its annual meeting on September 13 in Green Lake.
The WPPI Energy Joint Action Hall of Fame is comprised of individuals who, like Horner, have made extraordinary and substantial contributions to the development and success of WPPI Energy and joint action for municipal utilities. Started in 1987, the power supplier’s prestigious Hall of Fame now has 30 inductees.
Horner, who worked for the City of New Richmond for 27 years as the city administrator and utility manager, retired in February of this year. During his time at New Richmond Utilities, he was a strong advocate for public power in the City of New Richmond and the state of Wisconsin. Horner supported the legislative and public policy efforts of New Richmond Utilities, WPPI Energy, and public power in general while building grassroots support for policies that benefit all WPPI Energy members and their customers. Horner participated in countless efforts to help New Richmond and the local utility through his involvement in the state municipal legislative rally in Madison and the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Legislative Rally in Washington, D.C. In 2007, Horner received APPA’s Honor Roll Award for his local contributions to public power.
“WPPI Energy is honored to induct Dennis Horner into our Hall of Fame as we recognize his many years of service at New Richmond Utilities and contributions to public power and joint action,” said Mike Peters, WPPI Energy president and chief executive officer. “Dennis’ deep understanding of the electric utility industry and belief in the public power utility model has contributed greatly to the success of both New Richmond Utilities and WPPI Energy.”
Horner was a guiding force on several of the committees and advisory groups that oversee WPPI Energy programs and services. He served as the city’s delegate on the WPPI Energy Board of Directors, where he represented New Richmond in WPPI Energy affairs and business, and was a former board chair. He was a member of the WPPI Energy Executive Committee from 1989 to 2003, where he served as chair and secretary. Horner also served as a member of the Trust Board and the Rates and Delivery Services Advisory Group for WPPI Energy. Furthermore, Horner served on the Personnel Committee where he acted as both the vice chair and chair of the group.
Horner has also made significant contributions to his local community. In 2009, he was recognized with the Citizen of the Year award from the New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce for his exceptional contributions to the community. Additionally, Horner has participated and volunteered with the YOUth & Family Initiatives Committee, the New Richmond Economic Development Corporation, and the Community Asset Carnival, Fun Fest and Park Art Fair while also promoting youth representation on local governmental bodies.