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Jack Powell earns Missouri River Energy Services award
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Vermillion Mayor John E. “Jack” Powell earned a prestigious award last week in honor of his long record of public service.
Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) Board Chairman Harold Schiebout presented the Maurice A. Te Paske Public Official Award to Powell during the MRES Annual Meeting May 10 in Sioux Falls.
The award is named for one of the founders of MRES. It honors policy makers from MRES member communities who not only serve their city and utility, but who extend their service for the promotion of MRES and public power beyond the borders of their local communities.
In presenting the award, Schiebout noted that Mayor Powell has been a strong advocate for public power at the local, state, and national levels for almost two decades. Powell was a member of the Vermillion City Council from 2000 to 2010. He currently serves as Vermillion’s mayor, a position he has held since 2010. During all of these years of service to his community, he has been a member of the City Council’s Utilities Committee.
“In 2009, Jack was part of a successful citizen-led effort to uphold the City’s construction of nearly 20 miles of electrical transmission line following a challenge that resulted in the matter being referred to a special election,” Schiebout said. Schiebout also noted Powell’s efforts in advocating for a Council and community conversation concerning a community solar garden in Vermillion.
“Jack has been an active participant at Missouri River events including the Annual and Area Meetings as well as the Policy Makers dinners. He also took part in the inaugural Municipal Power Leadership Academy and has attended Missouri River’s Legal Seminar,” Schiebout continued.
“On the national level, since 2010, Jack has been an active member of the American Public Power Association’s Policy Makers Council. He also regularly communicates with South Dakota’s congressional delegation advocating for issues important to public power,” Schiebout concluded.