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 Town Works Manager Mel Matlock ‘Seven Hats’ Award in Salt Lake City

June 24, 2009 - Knightstown Works Manager Mel Matlock was honored last week by the American Public Power Association (APPA) for work he does on behalf of the town.

Matlock received the APPA's Larry Hobart Seven Hats Award at the association's national conference, held June 16 in Salt Lake City. One of just four recipients this year, the award recognizes works managers who perform a variety of duties in municipalities that have 2,500 or fewer electric meters.

There's no question that Matlock does wear several hats for the town of Knightstown. As works manager, a postion he's held for 16 years, he's in charge of maintenace of the town's water, wastewater and electric utilities, as well as the street department and cemetery, and he oversees 13 employees.

In a press release issued last week, the APPA said, "Matlock has demonstrated commitment to maintaining and updating the electrical infrastructure to promote growth and customer confidence in the town's municipal utility. His dedication to the community has led to substation and distribution system upgrades, wastewater treatment plant expansion, and a new fire station."

The APPA also noted that Matlock had worked to obtain federal disaster relief to cover damages to the town's electric infrastructure caused by severe winds in the spring of 2008. The press release said Matlock, who is first assistant fire chief for the Knightstown-Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department and current coach of the local eighth grade basketball team, "is known for working hard alongside his employees, demonstrating his belief that no job is too great or too small for Knightstown employees."

While he said the award was a "nice recognition" and that he really appreciated getting it, Matlock was quick to add that he never would have gotten it without the efforts of others. "Without a good staff, none of this would have happened," he said. "This is really an award for the whole town, not just me."

Matlock was nominated for the award by Linda Glenn, the town's deputy clerk-treasurer and utility office manager, and other utility office employees. They made their nomination through the town's electric power supplier, Indiana Municpal Power Association, which belongs to the APPA.

In addition to the honor of receiving the award, Matlock said he, his wife and his son Ross enjoyed driving out west, and had a good vacation. While they had taken Interstate 70 on the way to Utah, he said they took a northern route coming back, making stops at Yellowstone National Park and Mt. Rushmore.


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