KCK Mayor David Alvey Receives KMU Diehl Award

From the Unified Government:

Kansas Municipal Utilities (KMU) presented Mayor/CEO Unified Government Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas David Alvey with the 2018 Fred D. Diehl Award for his contributions and leadership towards the advancement of municipal utilities in Kansas. The Diehl Award is presented to an outstanding elected official who has done much to benefit the municipal utility industry in Kansas. The award was presented to Alvey at the KMU 2018 Conference in Wichita on May 4, 2018, by Colin Hansen, KMU Executive Director.

“Mayor Alvey has taken a great interest in municipal utility issues and is an outstanding advocate for the benefits of community-owned and operated public power systems and water utilities,” said Hansen. “We are honored to present the Diehl Award to an individual with such a deep and profound love for his community, the energy and enthusiasm to make a difference, and the honesty and integrity to be a true public servant.”

Alvey is a fifth-generation resident of Wyandotte County and his family has a proud history of serving in Wyandotte County as public servants, as police officers, school board members, City Council members, judges, church leaders and more. 

Mayor Alvey’s passion for honest and smart government led him to serve as an at-large member of the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) where he has – with the assistance of his fellow community and civic leaders on the BPU Board – navigated BPU through many challenges and opportunities and positioned the utility for great success. He also served as BPU Board President from 2012 to 2014 as well as serving as Board Vice-President and as Secretary. Prior to joining the BPU Board, Alvey also served on the Planning and Zoning Commission of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and on the Board of the Turner Community Connection, a neighborhood business revitalization group.

Last November, Alvey was elected the 30th Mayor of the City of Kansas City, KS and only the 4th Mayor & CEO of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County. He remains a member of the American Public Power Association (APPA) and currently serves on the APPA Policy Makers Council serving as 2nd Committee Vice Chair.

The award is named for former McPherson Mayor Fred Diehl. Diehl was a pioneer in municipal electric utility management and the first general manager of the McPherson Board of Public Utilities (BPU). Under Mr. Diehl's leadership, a long-term contract was negotiated between Kansas Power and Light providing McPherson electric customers with some of the lowest electric rates in the State of Kansas, and among the lowest in the nation. Diehl was also recognized by KMU at his retirement from BPU for his 30 years of service to the association and his dedication to the power industry. He later served as Mayor of McPherson and as a consulting engineer to many municipal electric utilities across the state leaving a legacy of service to the municipal electric industry.

About KMU
Kansas Municipal Utilities (KMU), based in McPherson, is the statewide association of community-owned and -operated electric, natural gas, water, wastewater, stormwater, solid waste and telecommunications utilities across Kansas. As a non-profit association established by its member utilities in 1928, KMU is dedicated to serving the needs and interests of our 180 consumer-owned utilities and the citizens, businesses and industries that they serve.