Cameron Utility Director Zac Johnson Receives Public Utilities Award

A multi-state organization of municipal utilities has honored Cameron Utilities Director Zac Johnson with their John “Tom” Tinsley Distinguished Service Award.

The award is presented by the Missouri Public Utility Alliance (MPUA), and is given in recognition of an employee or official of an MPUA member utility who has provided distinguished service to the Alliance organizations for at least 10 years.

Johnson has served as Utilities Director for the City of Cameron since 2015. He oversees Cameron’s electric distribution, water production, and water/sewer distribution departments, as well as managing many other responsibilities in his role as Cameron’s Assistant City Manager.

Prior to his work as Cameron Utilities Director, he served the City of Gallatin for 10 years as City Administrator.

During Johnson’s time, the city has completed a $2.9 million wastewater project, including a new treatment plant and a collection system expansion. The city later constructed a new $4.6 million water treatment plant.

Johnson also serves as President of the Great Northwest Wholesale Water Commission, which was formed in 2011 to plan and build a 36-mile water pipeline to the region from the Missouri River. He has overseen the acquisition of funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the $30+ million project. Now under construction, the water supply project will soon serve water customers of Cameron and Maysville.

In leadership roles for MPUA, Johnson has served since 2019 as Chair of the MPUA Water Council and on the executive committee of the Missouri Association of Municipal Utilities (MAMU). From 2016 to 2020 he also served the MAMU executive committee as Treasurer, Secretary and Vice-Chair. Johnson has previously been honored with MPUA’s Jack Swearingen Seven Hats Award (2014).