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Paducah Power May Tap Former American Public Power CEO For Interim Leadership

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Paducah Power Systems is hoping to land the former director of the American Public Power Associationas its interim CEO while it proceeds with a longer search for a permanent replacement.

Mark Crisson recently led the A-P-P-A which advocates for municipal power agencies across the country.

Paducah Power is looking for a new leader after CEO David Clark resigned amid controversy over high power bills stemming from the underperforming Prairie State Energy Campus of which PPS is a part owner.  

Paducah City Manager Jeff Pederson serves on the PPS Board. He says a search firmhas presented PPS with three options for short term leadership including Crisson. Pederson says Crisson is the most expensive option, but presents the best skillset to set a better trajectory for the struggling municipality.  Board Chairman Hardy Roberts says this is a good move.

“We need help up here. Paducah Power System needs help. And this we think is the best we can find. I think it is a slam dunk," said Roberts.

Crisson wouldn’t be on the Paducah Power payroll, rather he’d be paid through a contract with a search firm. Pederson says if the board proceeds with bringing in Crisson, he could be in Paducah and working by next week.

Chad Lampe, a Poplar Bluff, Missouri native, was raised on radio. He credits his father, a broadcast engineer, for his technical knowledge, and his mother for the gift of gab. At ten years old he broke all bonds of the FCC and built his own one watt pirate radio station. His childhood afternoons were spent playing music and interviewing classmates for all his friends to hear. At fourteen he began working for the local radio stations, until he graduated high school. He earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology at Murray State, and a Masters Degree in Mass Communication. In November, 2011, Chad was named Station Manager in 2016.
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