KISSIMMEE, Fla., October 21, 9:30 am – Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) has appointed Arthur J. “Grant” Lacerte, Jr. as the utility’s vice president and general counsel. He succeeds Ed Brinson, general counsel since 1985, who resigned on October 1 in preparation for retirement.
Lacerte brings to KUA over 10 years of experience in public utility, regulatory and legislative practice. In addition to serving as attorney advisor for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, DC, he was heavily involved in New Mexico’s move into utility and telecommunication deregulation.
Lacerte comes to KUA from Certa Data Corporation in Winter Haven, FL where he served as vice president and general counsel since 1999. Prior to that, he served in a cabinet-level position for the Governor of New Mexico as commissioner on the New Mexico Gaming Control Board. He also served two years as the executive director and assistant general counsel for the New Mexico Industrial Energy Consumers, a non-profit energy coalition that includes industrial end users, municipal utilities, environmental activists, and residential consumer representatives.
Commenting on the appointment, Jim Welsh, KUA President and General Manager said, “In addition to his extensive experience in utility law, Lacerte brings a rich deregulation perspective to KUA. His appointment to the senior management team is a further reflection of the increasing growth of KUA.”
Lacerte holds a B.A. degree in History from Columbia University in New York, New York and a J.D. degree from Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Lacerte took over his new responsibilities on October 14.
KUA is Florida’s 6th largest municipally-owned utility serving 58,000 electric, water and internet customers in three Central Florida counties.
Contact: Chris Gent, Manager of Corporate Communications
(407) 933-7777 ext. 1116