PRYOR, OK — Pryor Times
Pryor Municipal Utility Board General Manager Gary Pruett was presented with the Ray Duffy award during the 2014 Municipal Electric Systems - Oklahoma Public Power Conference on April 29, in Norman. The award is presented annually to an individual who has dedicated his or her work life to public power and service to the community they serve.
Pruett exemplifies the very best of that rare breed of individuals who are committed to public service and their communities, according to MESO.
Pruett began his 40-plus years of service to the citizens of Pryor when he joined the Pryor Municipal Utility Board on Jan. 2, 1974, as a B mechanic in the gas and water department. He transferred to the electric department Sept. 1, 1975, as a ground man. He earned his journeyman status in March, 1980. Since then, he has served as lead lineman, line foreman and, in September, 1990, became the director of operations. On March 1, 1996, Pruett was named Acting General Manager for MUB, and appointed to the position permanently on June 13, 1996. He continues to serve the citizens of Pryor in this position, a position he’s held now for 17 years.
He has been a strong and consistent voice for public power and public utilities. As MUB’s general manager, Pruett serves on the Board of Directors for both the Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma, for whom he served as president in 2006. As a member and past president of the Grand River Dam Authority’s Wholesale Customer Group, Pruett has been a vocal advocate for low cost power for customers, as well as a proponent of building power generating capacity now to meet future needs. His constant focus is on how changes affect the customer and the utility’s ability to serve those customers.
Additionally, Pruett is a founding member of the Oklahoma Gas Association, the non-profit trade association representing natural gas operations. Pruett’s voice on the OGA Board serves to ensure that municipal gas systems are heard and their interests taken into account. He served as the Board Chairman in 1995-1996.
His actions best exemplify the character exhibited by Ray Duffy in his promotion of public power and local control of utilities. His drive for excellence in service, reliability and low-cost power, in the hands of the customers, is a testament to his 40 years of service to the citizens of Pryor.