Pawhuska Manager Named Association Chair

Press Release
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
For more information, contact:  Shane Woolbright, General Manager, 405-323-2569

Paul McAlexander, city manager for the City of Pawhuska, was named as President and Chairman of the Board of the Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma today at the association’s annual meeting in Oklahoma City.  Paul has served on the board for four years and on its executive committee for three years.

MESO was founded in Stillwater in December of 1971 at the behest of former Stillwater City Manager Larry Gish and other city managers who saw the need for coordination of programs and power supply among smaller utilities.  Municipal utilities have since banded together and helped develop statewide power programs that address power supply, staff training, and system planning.

Outgoing MESO President Mike Doublehead, General Manager for Stilwell Utilities said,  “We’re fortunate that municipal government professionals such as Paul will take time from their schedules to review the legislative and regulatory hurdles we face every day and work with other cities to develop effective responses for those bodies.”

McAlexander served the City of Pawhuska as electric superintendent and interim city manager before being appointed city manager and has given over 30 years of service to the city.

MESO provides its 105 member cities with legislative representation, lineworker training, supervisor development, power supply planning, and policy development services.  MESO also administers mutual aid services to provide assistance to communities in times of disaster as well as providing loans to members for energy efficiency programs.