Benton Public Utilities Commission (PUC)

Benton Utilities Public Utilities Commission's next meeting will be Monday, Nov. 21, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.  The meetings are open to the public. Regular Public Utilities Commission Meetings are now the first and third Mondays at 6 PM.


Benton Public Utilities Commission - Commissioner Opening Press Release The Benton Public Utilities Commission is currently accepting resumes from citizens interested in serving on the Public Utilities Commission.  This commissioner will be appointed to fill a partial-term vacancy which will expire on December 31, 2024.  The commission has management responsibility over the Electric Distribution, Water Purification, Water Distribution, Wastewater Collection, Wastewater Treatment, Administrative Services and Purchasing Departments regarding long-term planning, personnel requirements and operational needs.  There is no salary with the position, but expenses incurred regarding Utility business may be reimbursed.  Commissioners must reside in the City of Benton.  Deadline for response is 4:00 PM, Friday, December 2nd, 2022.  Please, submit resume and letter of interest to David Vondran, Benton Utilities General Manager, 1827 Dale, Benton, AR  72015 or deliver to this address.  Electronic applications will be accepted.  Please call (501) 776-5984 for more information.


The Commission was formed based by City of Benton Ordinance 46 of 2004.  It consists of a group of unpaid citizens interested in utilities. Commissioners serve five (5) year terms. They are appointed by the Benton City Council and must be residents of the City.

The Benton Utilities commissioners have management responsibility over the Electric Department, Water Dept., Sewer Department, Billing Service Department and Purchasing Department in regards to long-term planning, personnel requirements and operational needs.

The PUC cannot set utility rates or issue bonds for the Utility Department, a right reserved for the City Council by Ordinance 46 of 2004.

Current Commission Members are:

Commissioners Term Expires
Open 12/31/2022
Gary Ferrell 12/31/2023
Jim Martin 12/31/2024
Jerry Ponder, Chair 12/31/2025
Brad Johnston 12/31/2026

Excerpt from City of Benton Ordinance 46 of 2004

The Public Utility Commission of the City of Benton was created by Ordinance 46 of 2004, which states in part “. . . WHEREAS the City Council of the City has determined that the System can be most efficiently and economically operated under a commission form of management and . . .” and appointed five commissioners for the ‘Commission’. Ordinance 46 of 2004 also states in Section 2. “Successor commissioners shall be nominated by the Commission and submitted to the City Council for ratification and confirmation by a majority vote of all members of the City Council for a term of five (5) years.”


Ordinance 46 of 2004
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