Chris LaRose named General Manager of NPU
LaRose signs a three-year contract after serving in acting capacity since last November
Chris LaRose was been named General Manager of Norwich Public Utilities by the organization’s Board of Commissioners during its July meeting. LaRose had been serving as Acting General Manager since November, 2018.
“I am both excited and honored to be named General Manager of NPU and to lead such a talented and committed group of employees,” said LaRose. “While the past few years have been challenging for NPU, our team has always been focused on meeting the needs and expectations of our customers.”
“Chris LaRose has proven himself time and time again while serving as Acting General Manager over the past eight months. Our Board is excited to continue to work with Chris as we move NPU forward,” said Bob Staley, Chairman of the NPU Board.
LaRose 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, water and wastewater operations. Chris was promoted to Assistant General Manager in 2008.
Mr. LaRose has been actively engaged in the community throughout his career. He is currently a member of the Norwich Public Safety Committee, serves as a Mobile Food Pantry Site Coordinator for the United Way and is the President 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 and his wife Leanne are the proud parents of three grown children – Elizabeth (27), Allyson (25), and Matthew (22).