Mayor Receives Award for Contributions to Benefit Municipal Utility Customers
Our power supplier, Wisconsin Public Power Inc. (WPPI) recently recognized New Richmond Mayor David Schnitzler for his extraordinary contributions to its success as an industry leader and for his active participation in legislative efforts to benefit municipal electric utility customers.
WPPI presented Mayor Schnitzler with the Distinguished Service Award at its annual meeting on September 16 in Middleton.
Schnitzler has been an active participant in WPPI since becoming the mayor of the City of New Richmond in 1996. As the community’s chief executive, he also has become intimately familiar and deeply involved with issues that are important to New Richmond Utilities and its customers.
Throughout the years, Mayor Schnitzler has truly championed the public power cause — community ownership and local control of a vital public service. As a key supporter of public power, he has helped raise general awareness of municipal utilities and WPPI among legislators, regulators and other governmental officials.
On the national level, Mayor Schnitzler has been active in activities to build grassroots support for legislative and regulatory policies that benefit municipal electric utility customers in New Richmond and across the state. He has even traveled to the American Public Power Association Legislative Rally in Washington, D.C. to further strengthen the political voice of municipal utilities.
Locally, Mayor Schnitzler is a strong supporter of New Richmond Utilities and its mission to provide reliable, low-cost electricity to local customers. He often demonstrates the economic advantages of public power during speaking engagements for local trade, fraternal and membership organizations.
“We are proud to present this award to Mayor Schnitzler in recognition of his commitment and dedication to New Richmond Utilities, WPPI and the other community-owned utilities in the state,” said Roy Thilly, WPPI president and chief executive officer. “It’s active, involved officials like David who help shape public policy and protect the interests of electric consumers statewide.”