TCL&P Re-Elects Board Chair and Vice Chair
[Last Updated: 4/15/2013 8:10:10 AM]

For Immediate Release                                

April 15, 2013 

Contact:  Jessica Wheaton, Marketing & Community Relations Coordinator

               Traverse City Light & Power

               Phone: (231) 932-4574 or E-mail: 


TCL&P Re-Elects Board Chair and Vice Chair

(Traverse City, Michigan) —Traverse City Light & Power’s (TCL&P) Board re-elected its chairman, vice-chairman and secretary, and welcomed the newest board member at its regular meeting on April 9, 2013.

Patrick McGuire was re-elected chairman, John Taylor was re-elected vice-chairman and Tim Arends, interim executive director of TCL&P, was re-elected secretary of the board. Each will serve a one-year term. Jeff Palisin, newly appointed by the city commission on March 18, 2013 to serve on the TCL&P Board for a term of five years, attended his first regular meeting.  

“I'm honored to be re-elected chairman of the Light and Power Board.  Our local utility is a uniquely valuable asset to the citizens of Traverse City and I take this responsibility seriously,” said McGuire after his re-appointment.  “I look forward to working with the other board members and staff in the coming year as we prepare to tackle some very important issues for the utility.  Chief among these will be selecting a new executive director, acting upon the Hometown Connections recommendations, development of a strategic plan with community input, and securing sources of long-term energy supply.”         

McGuire has been on the TCL&P Board since November 2011. He has extensive experience in accounting and financial management of companies involved in the exploration and development of oil and natural gas. Currently he is employed as controller for a local energy company.  McGuire was also a member of the Citizen's Operational and Financial Analysis Committee from its inception in 2007 through the submittal of its report to the city commission in 2009. Most of his time was devoted to the component unit subcommittee which focused on TCL&P as one of the City’s component units. McGuire and his wife live in the Slabtown neighborhood of Traverse City.

Taylor has been on the TCL&P Board since 2010 and has extensive background in energy efficiency. Taylor is a senior manager for a consortium of energy organizations in the U.S. and Canada, where he serves as their liaison to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. Taylor also is the chairperson of the SEEDS Board, a solutions-focused environmental non-profit organization. He has masters degrees in Economics and Policy from Duke University. He and his family live in the Central neighborhood of Traverse City.

             Palisin has an undergraduate degree in Marketing and Economics from the University of Michigan and an MBA in Finance from Wayne State University.  Palisin has experience in banking, commercial lending, program management, sales, budgeting and executive management. Currently he runs a small manufacturing company located in Garfield Township. Palisin and his family have lived in Traverse City for sixteen years.

Traverse City Light & Power ( is a community-owned, community-focused municipal utility that offers reliable energy at low rates in the region to over 11,500 customers in Traverse City, and parts of Blair, East Bay, Elmwood, Garfield, Peninsula and Paradise townships.




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