Utilities director marks 25 years with LaGrange
by Staff report
Patrick Bowie, director of utilities for the city of LaGrange, recently marked 25 years of employment with the city.
Bowie came to the city in August 1988 as the assistant director of utilities, then was promoted to director in July 1992. He oversees the water, natural gas and electric utilities as well as customer service and the utility service center.
Statewide, Bowie serves on the board of Municipal Electric Authority Georgia and has previously served as the board chairman.
City leaders said Bowie’s operation of the utility department is “a model of efficiency.”
“The operations and maintenance cost of our electric utility consistently rank among the lowest in Georgia,” City Manager Tom Hall said. “Likewise, our rates are very competitive, consistently ranking in the best third of all electric providers in Georgia and significantly below the competition in Troup County.”
Because of the low cost of city operations, the city has used the profits to eliminate property taxes for the last 16 years.
Bowie also has worked to rebuild the natural gas system, enhancing safety, and a new gas distribution line has been built from the city to the Transcontinental Transmission Line in Coweta County. The new line allows the city to have a dual gas supply from the north and south, enhancing reliability. The new line also allowed the city to provide natural gas to Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia.
Hall also credits Bowie for rebuilding the water plant and improving the distribution system, improving the ISO rating with the fire department to Class 2. That puts LaGrange in the best 1 percent of fire departments and water systems in the country.
Each year, Bowie also does a customer service survey of operations and pricing for all aspects of his department.
“Patrick is a well-respected leader throughout the state of Georgia, and in particular among city employees,” Hall said. “Patrick has a tremendous work ethic and is a principled and outstanding manager. He is a very intelligent and creative business person, which is good because he is responsible for more than two-thirds of the $105 million city budget. Patrick is a critical member of the city team and all of LaGrange has been very fortunate to have his services to our community for the last 25 years.”
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