Clarksdale Public Utilities Hires Whistleblower Advice

CLARKSDALE, MS (Ben Caxton) — At yesterday’s meeting of the Clarksdale Public Utilities board the commissioners approved a bid from the law firm of Luckett Tyner to provide legal advice in cases of whistleblowers at the rate of $275 per hour. In recommending approval, general manager Mark Johnson noted that the whistleblower program is NOT intended for issues regarding rates or bills, but for customers to anonymously report property damage or inappropriate behavior by CPU workers. The board recognized about a dozen employees in the operations and maintenance departments for their efforts last week to meet the power demands of Clarksdale and other utilities who purchased electricity from CPU during subfreezing weather and CPU attorney David Hunt noted that a bill being considered by the state legislature would allow city utilities to pay third-party credit card fees. CPU presently adds a 2% fee to the bills of customers who pay with credit cards.

 


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