BWL commissioner explains Lark ouster

Jan 14, 2015

BWL commissioner Dennis Louney (right) with Current State host Mark Bashore.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

More than a year after he came under fire for his utility’s heavily criticized response to widespread ice storm outages, Peter Lark has been dismissed as General Manager of the Lansing Board of Water and Light. In a 5-to-3 vote, the board that oversees the city-owned utility voted to fire Lark with cause. The motion also named former BWL manager Dick Pefley as interim GM.

The dismissal comes less than a year after Lark began overseeing dozens of  comprehensive reforms triggered by a lengthy community review following the ice storm. And last July, the same board that yesterday fired Lark approved his reappointment by a 7-to-1 margin.

Current State speaks with Dennis Louney, one of four BWL commissioners who changed his mind about Peter Lark between last July and yesterday. He wrote the motion that was approved yesterday to terminate Lark’s contract.