Dick Peffley, a 38 year veteran of the Lansing Board of Water & Light, was named as Interim General Manager by the BWL Board of Commissioners today. Peffley’s appointment followed the Board dismissal of J. Peter Lark by a 5-3 vote. Peffley previously served as Interim General Manager in 2006-7. He most recently served as Executive Director of Operations and before that as Executive Director of Water Operations. Peffley’s experience at the BWL is extensive. Peffley was the project manager for the $182 million REO Cogeneration Plant and Headquarters, which came in on time and on budget. He was the project manager for the $23 million repair and refurbishment of the Wise Road Water Conditioning Plant following a chemical accident. Peffley led the Water Department’s efforts that distributed a record-breaking one billion gallons of water in a single month to customers during the heat wave in July 2013, and repaired a record number of frozen water lines and water main breaks during last winter’s deep freeze. He led the BWL’s redevelopment effort to sell the former Ottawa Power Station that became headquarters for the Accident Fund. Peffley was the project manager for the $20 million Chilled Water Plant, which came in on time and on budget, named after his father, BWL retiree Roy E. Peffley. “There’s no one who is more universally respected at the BWL and knowledgeable about our operations than Dick Peffley,” said Board Chair David Price. “Dick will bring seasoned and steady leadership to the BWL at a time when it’s most needed.”

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