By Mehgaan Jones
The Mayor and Council of the City of College Park have selected a new director to lead the city's public utilities operation known as College Park Power.
C. Hugh Richardson was chosen to head the power operation, recently, according to College Park Spokesman Gerald Walker.
"We are pleased to welcome Hugh to our great city," said Mayor Jack Longino. "He has extensive knowledge of the business of running electrical utilities. We look forward to working with him, and him sharing the knowledge of his 33 years of service from around the state."
Walker said Richardson spent 33 years with Middle Georgia Electric Membership Corporation (EMC), in Vienna, Ga.
"It's been a part of my life since I was right out of college," said Richardson.
He is a Georgia Tech graduate, and a registered professional engineer, said Walker.
According to the College Park spokesperson, Richardson's experience allowed him to become general manager of Middle Georgia EMC, in 1983.
He held the position for 26 years before retiring in 2009, said Walker.
"Richardson's years of experience with Middle Georgia EMC provided ample qualification to lead College Park Power," Walker said.
"There are a number of similarities in the two systems, including governance, crew structure, and in the number of customers," Richardson explained.
He added that he is detail-oriented, and is always looking for more-efficient ways to keep power rates low. "I believe in working for the customer, and great customer service," said Richardson.
According to Walker, College Park's power rates are among the lowest in the state, making it one of the top electrical utilities in Georgia.
College Park Power provides reliable, economical electric service to residential and commercial customers in the City of College Park and the nearby Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, according to a written statement released by Walker.
Ricardson, the new director of College Park Power, will also guide the city's strategy in utilizing alternative energy sources, the written statement said.
"This is a great acquisition for the City of College Park," added City Manager William E. Johnson, III. "We start the new year with a proven leader with a great record of accomplishments, in the technical arena, system operations -- and he has great business skills.
"It's a winning combination for the citizens of College Park."