KISSIMMEE, Fla., June 29, 2007 – Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) vice president and general counsel Arthur J. “Grant” Lacerte, Jr. has been appointed by the American Public Power Association (APPA) to a one-year term as vice chairman of the association’s legal section. He will assume the section chairmanship in 2008.
The association’s legal section is composed of attorneys representing APPA member utilities, including city attorneys, municipal electric utility legal staff members and outside counsel engaged by APPA members. The section sponsors an annual legal seminar on subjects of current concern to association members and it studies legal problems related to local publicly-owned electric systems.
Lacerte has more than 16 years of experience in public utility, regulatory and legislative practice, including serving as an attorney advisor to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, DC.
Since joining KUA in 2002, Lacerte has been active with APPA and the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA) and serves as a frequent conference speaker on topics such as workplace ethics, municipal entry into the broadband industry and patent law developments.
In 2005, Lacerte was named FMEA’s Member of the Year along with other members who helped develop municipal broadband legislation.
Lacerte currently serves as chair-elect of Family Services of Metro Orlando and on the Grievance Committee for the Florida State Bar’s Ninth Judicial District (Osceola and Orange counties).
Lacerte holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in New York, N.Y. and a J.D. degree from Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.
The American Public Power Association (www.appanet.org) is the national service organization representing the nation’s more than 2,000 community- and state-owned electric utilities.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.
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Chris M. Gent