Dennis Pyle gets public utilities award

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Retired Monett City Administrator honored for contributions to local utilities

A multi-state organization of hometown utilities has honored former Monett City Administrator Dennis Pyle with its Duncan Kincheloe Value of Hometown Utilities Award for 2021.

The award, presented by the Missouri Public Utility Alliance (MPUA), is given in recognition of an employee or official of an MPUA member utility who has made significant local contributions to municipal utilities and has exemplified the benefits of local utility ownership to better their community.

Pyle was lauded for his “outstanding contributions” to hometown utilities. He was the first City Administrator in Monett’s history, a position he served with distinction for 14 years, overseeing the city’s many operations during a time of steady growth and rapid economic development. Working in collaboration with others, Pyle helped lead the 2017 formation of a municipal partnership between the cities of Monett and Mount Vernon to aggregate load and develop a new municipal energy pool, the Southwest Missouri Public Energy Pool (SWMPEP). During his period of leadership at Monett, the city’s utility constructed its first water treatment plant, improved its wastewater treatment facility and formed a municipal partnership with Purdy, Missouri, building a 7-mile wastewater pipeline from Purdy to Monett’s wastewater treatment facility, a project proving beneficial to both cities and to the area’s environment.

“Dennis Pyle’s dedication to his community and region has been a tremendous asset to the City of Monett,” and said John Twitty, President and CEO of MPUA. “Utilities at Monett and at other cities he has served have embodied the values of reliability and service to the community. He has earned the respect of hometown utilities throughout the state.”

Prior to Pyle’s tenure at Monett, he served from 1998-2007 as City Administrator of Butler, where he was instrumental in Butler becoming an original member of the Missouri Public Energy Pool (MoPEP), and served on MoPEP’s first Board of Directors.

MPUA’s annual Alliance Awards are made in recognition of achievement and distinction among professional peers within Alliance member hometown utilities.

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