Ron Clodfelter, electric superintendent at Las Animas Municipal Light and Power, received the Larry Hobart Seven Hats Award at the American Public Power Association's national conference in Orlando, Florida.

Ron Clodfelter, electric superintendent at Las Animas Municipal Light and Power, received the Larry Hobart Seven Hats Award at the American Public Power Association's national conference in Orlando, Florida. This award recognizes mangers of small utilities serving fewer than 2,500 meters. These managers have a very small staff and must assume multiple roles. The seven hats they must wear are: planning and design, administration, public relations, field supervision, accounting, human resources, and community leadership.

Clodfelter supervises all work on the distribution and transmission systems, as well as the operation of an emergency generation plan. He has also spearheaded efforts to update street lights - in the city and along the adjacent state highway - to efficient LEDs. A strong believer in the power of community, Clodfelter supports and encourages the use of utility personnel and equipment for community nonprofit projects. He is active with the Colorado Association of Municipal Utilities and serves on the board of directors of the Arkansas River Power Authority.

The American Public Power Association is the voice for not-for-profit, community-owned utlities that power 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. They repesent public power before the federal government to protect the interests of the more than 49 million people that public power utlities serve, and the 93,000 people they employ. The association advocates and advises on electricity policy, technology, trends, training and operations. Members strengthen their communities by providing superior service, engaging citizens and instilling pride in community-owned power.