Pochard named as Hamilton’s electric director

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Pochard named as Hamilton’s electric director

After close to 10 months as Hamilton’s “acting” electric department director, Anthony “Tony” Pochard was officially promoted to the position effective Tuesday, city officials announced.

Pochard was named assistant electric department director in April 2011 and and was named acting director in March 2012 after a reorganization of city departments by City Manager Joshua Smith.

“Tony’s knowledge and experience make him a highly-valued employee and a key asset to the city’s electric system,” Deputy City Manager for Utilities Tim Werdmann said in a written statement. “With his successful track record with the department, he is extremely deserving of this promotion and, I have no doubt, will continue to do an excellent job for the city and its electric customers.”

Pochard will receive an annual salary of $110,032, according to the city’s Civil Service and Personnel Office.

He could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

As electric department director, Pochard will be responsible for overseeing the operation, maintenance and construction of the city’s electric generation, transmission and distribution facilities. The director is also responsible for coordinating with the city’s energy management director to ensure the availability and reliability of electric service for Hamilton’s 29,000 electric customers.

Pochard’s other duties include: budgeting and budget planning; administering applicable labor agreements and city and departmental policies; and establishing policies and procedures for the effective operations of the electric plants and facilities.

A lifelong resident of Hamilton, Pochard is a 1976 graduate of Badin High School.

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