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CPP Commissioner honored by the American Public Power Association


Ivan Henderson receives the award from APPA Board Chair and
Deputy Director of Independence, Mo., Power & Light Andrew
Boatright (right), and APPA Chair Elect and Fort Defiance, Az.,
Navajo Tribal Utility Authority General Manager Wally Haase (left).

Ivan Henderson, commissioner of Cleveland Public Power (CPP), was named the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Mark Crisson Leadership and Managerial Excellence Award at the American Public Power Association National Conference in Orlando, FL, on June 20. The award recognizes managers at a utility, joint action agency, or state or regional association who bring their organizations to new levels of excellence; lead by example, and inspire their employees and staff to improve processes, services and operations. APPA is the service organization for the nation’s more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities who collectively serve more than 48 million people, about 14 percent of the nation’s electricity customers.

Henderson has been with CPP since 2006. According to APPA, “His colleagues describe his leadership style as innovative and creative, and he urges his employees to use every tool in their toolbox to serve customers. As a result, the utility has rolled out programs to improve customer service and raise awareness of public power including revitalized net-metering and streetlighting programs and an expanded Public Power Week open house. The utility has also launched workforce initiatives to attract local talent.”

Under his leadership, Cleveland was host to the 2012 APPA Lineworkers Rodeo and he was instrumental in managing the electric utility during the 2016 Republican National Convention. As part of CPP’s 100th anniversary, Henderson led the planning for the downtown exposition that attracted more than 7,000 citizens. Henderson is credited with starting a lineworker apprenticeship program in partnership with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District to help address the challenge of an aging workforce.

“Ivan’s leadership extends from Cleveland to the AMP Board of Trustees. He has been a leader on the board and his knowledge and expertise have benefitted AMP as an organization and public power in general,” said Marc Gerken, president/CEO of American Municipal Power, Inc. “He is very deserving of this honor.”

Henderson has been a member of the AMP Board of Trustees since 2006, representing the Northern Area Service Group. As a member of the board, he is chair of the AMPGS Committee, vice chair of the AFEC and Bylaws committees, and serves on Efficiency Smart, Finance, Hydro Power Projects, IT, Joint Ventures Oversight, Legislative, Prairie State Project and Transmission/RTO committees.

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Cleveland Public Power Receives Financing of the Year Award

Cleveland Public Power Commissioner Ivan Henderson (left) receives award from AMP Board of Trustees Chair Jon Bisher at the 2010 OPPEI/AMP/OMEA Annual Conference.

Cleveland – Cleveland Public Power was honored for its achievements during the past year at the 2010 OPPEI/AMP/OMEA Annual Conference.

CPP Commissioner Ivan Henderson was recognized for completing a three-year term on the American Municipal Power, Inc. (AMP) Board of Trustees and the city was re-elected to a new term on the Board representing the Northern AMP Service Group.

Cleveland Public Power was the recipient of the Financing of the Year Award from AMP for a $23 million bond refinancing effort that is allowing the utility to realize an approximate $2.5 million annual savings.

Henderson said of the honors, “I have enjoyed my tenure on the Board of Trustees and used this time to work on behalf of all of Cleveland Public Power ratepayers – seeking to ensure that we are participating in the most efficient and effective generation projects available. At CPP, our teams of finance experts have also worked diligently to keep the utility on solid footing while expanding our system to continue to provide reliable and competitive rates.”

The annual conference was held in Columbus October 25-28 and was attended by nearly 460 municipal officials and industry representatives, with speakers from various national organizations.

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