General Manager, Norwich Public Utilities
In July 2019, Christopher LaRose was named General Manager for Norwich Public Utilities (NPU), which provides a community of more than 40,000 residents with natural gas, electric, water and wastewater utilities.
In this role, he oversees and directs all aspects of NPU including operations, human resources, customer service, administration and finance. He is directly responsible for NPU’s annual budget of approximately $100 million and reports to NPU’s five-member Board of Commissioners.
Chris began his career at NPU 1997 after working for 12 years as a Mechanical Engineer at Pratt & Whitney. He began as a Utility Engineer and successfully managed a variety of utility projects and was subsequently promoted to more senior roles within NPU. He was promoted to Operations Integrity Manager, and then Operations Manager, where he was responsible for all aspects of the natural gas, electric, fiber, water and wastewater operations. Chris was promoted to Assistant General Manager in 2008.
He is a member of the New England Public Power and American Public Power Associations. He is a member of the American Public Gas, American Gas, and the Northeast Gas Associations, and served as the Former Chairman of the Connecticut Gas Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the American Water Works and Connecticut Waterworks Associations and is a member of the Water Environment Federation.
Mr. LaRose has been actively engaged in the community throughout his career. He serves as United Way Capital Committee Co-Chair, Board Treasurer for Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative, Board Member of Norwich Community Development Corporation, and is the Secretary of the Norwich Sunrise Rotary Club.
Chris LaRose graduated with BS degrees in both Material and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut in 1985. He has also earned a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1990.
Chris lives in Salem, CT with his wife Leanne. They are the proud parents of three grown children – Elizabeth, Allyson, and Matthew.