NMPP Awards North Platte's Jim Hawks with service award

April 29, 2020

The Nebraska Municipal Power Pool (NMPP) on April 29 awarded Jim Hawks, city administrator of North Platte, Neb., with the Bob Arraj Service Award. Hawks is retiring on May 1 after 17 years with the City.

The award is presented annually to an official or employee of a NMPP member utility system who has excelled in service in the utility industry. The award is a memorial tribute to Bob Arraj, former city administrator and utilities superintendent of Kimball, Neb. Arraj’s years of knowledge, insight and expertise in the energy field allowed NMPP members to benefit from numerous energy and service projects.

Hawks has been an active member of NMPP, serving on the NMPP Board of Directors and various committees and has worked with NMPP staff on various projects. He has served the City in various roles, including utility director and development director in addition to his current role.

He currently is active on the Nebraska Department of Transportation’s Innovation Task Force and is a past president of the Nebraska Association of County Engineers, Highway Superintendents and Surveyors and the Professional Surveyors Association of Nebraska.

He began his public service in North Platte as a Lincoln County highway superintendent in 1988. He joined city government in 2003 as director of North Platte Municipal Light and Water.

As the recipient of the award, Hawks received $350 which will be designated to go to a local project or program of his choosing.