Faces of Texas Public Power: Larry Lee, Kerrville Public Utility Board
Larry Lee, General Foreman, Kerrville Public Utility Board (KPUB)
Purchased from the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) by the City of Kerrville in 1987, the Kerrville Public Utility Board (KPUB) serves over 23,000 customers across 146 square miles.
Operating 664 miles of power lines in Kerr County requires a skilled team and workforce. Crewmembers are always on call to repair damaged infrastructure affecting power lines, provide routine equipment maintenance, and dispatch to other utilities for mutual aid restorations after disaster strikes.
Utility lineworkers are essential in delivering safe, reliable power to customers. Crews conduct highly specialized tasks that must be carried out on-site, even during a pandemic or a snowstorm. These mission-essential frontline employees work day and night keeping the lights on for Texans.
General Foreman Larry Lee has worked in the utility industry for 37 years. Employed by LCRA before KPUB was established, Lee was looking for a stable yet challenging career opportunity, and he found that in KPUB.
Lee began his career as a ground helper, working up to becoming a lineman. Eventually he moved into a supervisor role, serving as Supervisor of Metering and Substations. As General Foreman, Lee is responsible for new construction projects and maintenance of KPUB’s distribution system. He also oversees substation maintenance, coordinates engineering work with customers, and schedules projects for various crews.
“I enjoy being the bridge between our customers and our company. It’s a great feeling when you construct lines to provide power to a new customer,” Lee said. “And during storm restoration, it’s the rewarding feeling when you get the power back on.”
A five-member board of trustees oversees KPUB. They are responsible to the City of Kerrville for the management and control of the system. For Municipally Owned Utilities such as KPUB, serving the community is at its core and evident in its culture.
Lee loves spending time with family and said it’s his grandkids that keep him going. Having grown up in the Kerrville area, he understands the value of a tight-knit community.
For Lee, the most fulfilling things about working in public power are “your customers looking up to you for quality service and appreciate you going the extra mile to help them out.”
Thanks to Larry Lee for representing the thousands of frontline public power employees across the state through his talent and dedication.
TPPA’s “Faces of Texas Public Power” highlights employees in the hard-working, dedicated public power workforce and community. Thanks to KPUB for submitting this column. TPPA welcomes submissions of member employees for future columns.