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Pudder Linne receives Larry Hobart Seven Hats Award


Bernard "Pudder" Linne, Operations Manager for Troy Utilities, received the American Public Power Association's (APPA) Larry Hobart Seven Hats Award at the Assocation's national conference in New Orleans, LA on June 19. This nationwide award recognizes managers who serve in smaller communities and whose variety of management responsbilities extends well beyond those of a manager in a larger system with larger staff. The award is only given out to a select few whose systems serve 2,500 electric meters or less.

To be eligible for the award, nominees must possess skills in seven key areas: planning and design, adminitstration, public relations, field supervision, accounting, human resources, and community leadership.

As Operations Manager for Troy Utilities, Linne wears all of these hats and more. He oversees all of Troy's utility services, including electric, water, and wastewater. He not only oversees staff members, but develops and implements budgets and to successfully complete both planned and unplanned utility projects. He plays an integral role in planning the future power supply of Troy through his work with the Indiana Municipal Power Agency (IMPA), where he serves on the Agency's Board of Commissioners.

Linne's duties for the town are multifaceted, and can range from communicating with customers to diagnosing system problems and repairing issues. As a manager, he takes every opportunity to work beside his employees, not only so that the project is completed quickly, but so that all utility personnel are involved and understand the reason for the project.

Beyond his professional role with the town, Linne serves his community in a number of other ways. He has been part of the Troy Volunteer Fire Dept. for more than 32 years, and served as its chief for 18 years. He also sits on the board of the Planning and Zoning Commission for Troy.

"Pudder's dedication to his community and ability to wear so many different hats on a daily basis are a perfect representation of the values of the Larry Hobart Seven Hats Award," commented Raj Rao, President and CEO of the IMPA. "We are thankful for his support of IMPA and his community, and congratulate Pudder on this incredible honor."