Lakeland Electric General Manager Receives National Public Power Award
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 21, 2011 — James Stanfield, general manager of Lakeland, Fla., Electric received the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) James D. Donovan Individual Achievement Award at the Association’s national conference in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes people who have made substantial contributions to the electric utility industry, with a special commitment to public power.
Since becoming general manager at Lakeland, Stanfield has cut $11 million per year in operations and management costs. He established a strategic operating plan with measurable key success indicators while raising job satisfaction from 59 percent to 71 percent. He has been active on the boards of the Florida Municipal Electric Association, the Florida Municipal Power Pool, the Florida Municipal Power Agency, and the Florida Reliability Coordinating Council.
Stanfield began his 40-year career with the Florida Municipal Utilities Association (now Florida Municipal Electric Association) writing for Florida Public Power News. He then spent 22 years at Florida Power Corp. as Public Service Commission liaison and senior council for the utility. He was the former chair of the Public Utilities Law Committee of the Florida Bar Association and worked for the city of Gainesville and the Salt River Project in Arizona before joining Florida Power.