The City of Newberry announced recently that Jamie Jones, Assistant City Manager for Public Works and Utilities, has been awarded the Larry Hobart Seven Hats Award. This prestigious recognition was presented at the American Public Power Association’s National Conference.

The award honors managers of smaller utilities that serve fewer than 2,500 meters. It acknowledges these managers’ unique multi-role responsibilities that include planning and design, administration, public relations, field supervision, accounting, human resources and community leadership.

Jones’ role involves overseeing electric, water and wastewater utilities; public works; transportation and mosquito control. His 30-plus years of experience in public works and utilities have been instrumental in contract negotiations, budget developments, community communication and field crew work.

Among many accomplishments, Jones developed an innovative training program that facilitates advancement from ground workers to line workers. Most notably, he recently spearheaded negotiations with state regulatory officials and other cities regarding a $42 million roadway expansion project. This project will require extensive upgrades to all city utility services in the construction vicinity.

Also, Jones has been the leading force behind the City’s wastewater treatment plant expansion, the largest single project in the City’s history. This vital project ensures smart growth and sustainability for the City and showcases Jones’ leadership and commitment to progress.

“As the Assistant City Manager for Utilities and Public Works, Jamie does it all, and he does it with dignity and pride,” said Jacob Williams, General Manager and CEO of the Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA). “Jamie understands the residents of Newberry and their needs, and he is willing to do whatever is needed to get the job done. And while Jamie is highly capable, he is also very humble. No job is too big or too small, and he always wants what is best for his community. We couldn’t think of a more deserving person in Florida for this award.”

Jones’ recognition reinforces Newberry’s commitment to serving its community with dedication, innovation and superior service, according to a statement from the City. The Newberry team is exceptionally proud to work alongside Jones daily, the City said. “His commitment to high standards in public service, innovative approach and leadership continue to set an inspiring example,” the statement said.