LAKELAND, FL (December 19, 2014) – City of Lakeland Commissioner Keith Merritt was named to a three-year term on the American Public Power Association’s Policy Makers Council by APPA’s Board of Directors. APPA is the Washington, D.C.–based national service organization representing the nation’s more than 2,000 not-for- profit, community-owned electric utilities that serve 47 million consumers in 49 states. Merritt will serve a three-year term representing the Atlantic Region for Lakeland Electric. He previously served as an At-Large member.
The Policy Makers Council assists APPA in promoting federal legislation that is important to public power systems like Lakeland Electric and opposing harmful legislation. It also provides advice on other issues of importance to APPA. Members of the council meet a minimum of twice a year, and participate in meetings with elected representatives and congressional staff for the purposes of supporting APPA’s national legislative agenda.
The Council is made up of 40 members who serve on either utility boards or are elected officials in public power communities. Four members are appointed to the Council from each of the 10 geographic regions recognized by APPA. In addition, there are a number of “At-Large” members of the Council from across the country who are appointed based on vacancies in the 10 regions.
Merritt is an attorney and owner of Merritt Law Office in Lakeland, Florida and is active in community affairs, including serving as a Lakeland City Commissioner. He earned his law degree with Honors and a Masters of Business Administration in 1998 from the University of Florida. Before that, Mr. Merritt was a Nuclear Electrician in the U.S. Navy for six years and attended Florida State University where he graduated in 1991 earning a dual degree in Biology and History with a minor in Chemistry. Keith currently serves as chairman of the Community Development Committee and sits on the Legislative and Utility Committees. He is also on the Board of the Lakeland Area Mass Transit District, American Public Power Association, Polk Transit Authority and the Transportation Planning Organization.
Reappointed PMC Members
Bill Acee, Mayor, Village of Sherburne, NY (Region 8)
Bill Gordon, Commissioner, Franklin County PUD, Pasco, WA (At-Large)
David Alvey – Vice President, Kansas City Board of Public Utilities, Kansas City, KS (Region 3)
Dennis Walstra, Mayor, City of Sioux Center, IA (At-Large)
Jim Coutts – Secretary, Cedarburg Light & Water Commission, Cedarburg, WI (Region 2)
Kathy Vaughn, Commissioner, Snohomish County PUD, Everett, WA (At-Large)
Keith Merritt – Commissioner, City of Lakeland, FL (Region 5)
Linda Gott, Commissioner, Mason County PUD, Shelton, WA (Region 9)
Michael Beachler, Superintendent, Fairbury Light & Water, Fairbury, NE (At-Large)
Patrick Hale, City Council Member, Tipp City, OH (Region 2)
Randy Smith, Commissioner, Chelan Co. PUD, Wenatchee, WA (Region 9)