Morrisville Water & Light could be under new management by the start of 2020.
General Manager Craig Myotte will retire later this year or early next year, and a committee is searching for his replacement.
“It has been my pleasure to serve as the general manager for the last 13 years,” Myotte wrote in an email to the News & Citizen.
“Morrisville is a wonderful community with the strong Vermont values that I grew up with and cherish. I have worked hard on behalf of MW&L’s customers to provide excellent service at the lowest possible costs,” he said.
Earlier this year, Myotte informed the Morrisville Water & Light board of trustees he planned to retire, and a committee has narrowed the search for his replacement to a short list of finalists.
“Our goal is to have a new manager on board by the end of the calendar year,” Myotte said.
Myotte, a former executive with Green Mountain Power, was hired in 2006 to oversee the Morrisville utility, which is both an electric department and a water and sewer department. Myotte has been overseen several major events in Morrisville Water & Light’s recent history, including a $10 million upgrade to the sewage-treatment plant, completed in 2009, and extending sewer lines to Harrel Street and Industrial Avenue.
Upgrades and improvements to the local electric grid, both in Morrisville and neighboring towns, a new $1.2 million water storage tank, the sale of the Zack Woods property to the state, and the utility’s new solar facility on Trombley Hill were other notable accomplishments during his 13 years, Myotte said.
During that time, the utility also made $2.5 million in upgrades to its three hydroelectric dams and is in the final stages of relicensing those three facilities.
Morrisville Water & Light “is positioned for continued success in the years to come,” Myotte wrote.
“The future holds smart meters, more solar projects, battery storage technology and many other exciting opportunities that will make our energy portfolio greener and more affordable,” he said.
Myotte doesn’t have a definite retirement date, and is willing to break in his replacement and help wrap up some final projects.
“I’m committed to the trustees; I’m not going to leave them hanging,” Myotte said.