KISSIMMEE, Fla., April 7, 2016 – To honor retiring vice president of engineering and operations Ken Davis, the Kissimmee Utility Authority board of directors has named its newest facility the Kenneth L. Davis Line Operations Center.
A surprise proclamation, honoring Davis’ nearly 32 years of service, was read during Wednesday’s utility board meeting, attended by nearly 100 well-wishers.
Hired in 1984 as a staff engineer, Davis is credited with the strength and stability of Kissimmee’s current electric system. He was responsible for the design and construction of eight of the utility’s 10 electrical substations and served as project manager for the construction of the utility’s headquarters on Carroll Street in the early 1990s.
Davis was also responsible for introducing the first computer to the utility.
Davis led the effort for KUA to achieve the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) designation from the American Public Power Association. The award recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, training and system improvement. KUA has earned the RP3 designation continuously since 2007. The designation is active for three years, after which time a utility must reapply.
Davis was named to the APPA’s Honor Roll in 2008, which honors utility employees or officials who have made significant local contributions to public power.
“Ken took an electrical system that experienced frequent blackouts in the 1980s and turned it into one of the most reliable systems around,” said KUA chairman Reginald Hardee. “His legacy is a system that is one of the easiest and most flexible systems to maintain, with a system reliability rate of 99.99 percent.”
The new $3 million, 26,000-square-foot line operations center will be formally dedicated on June 8.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 69,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.