ORLANDO – The governing body of OUC – The Reliable One has selected Larry G. Mills, Th.D., as its next Commissioner. Dr. Mills fills the seat vacated by Dan Kirby, whose term expired in December 2017.
Dr. Mills is currently the CEO and pastor of Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in Orlando. Originally from Detroit, he has more than three decades of ministry experience. In 2007, Dr. Mills retired after 23 years with Lockheed Martin, where he served as Corporate Vice President of Human Resources and Business Conduct for Corporate Operations. Dr. Mills attended Wayne State University, University of Phoenix and Bethany Theological Seminary and holds degrees in business management, religious education, sacred theology and organizational management.
“Dr. Mills’ experience from Lockheed Martin and his extensive community involvement will be of great value to the OUC board,” said Clint Bullock, OUC General Manager & CEO. “We’re excited to have him as a Commissioner and look forward to working together as we serve our customers and community.”
“I want to welcome and congratulate Dr. Mills,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “I’ve had the pleasure to know and work with Larry for 25 years. He continues to be a positive leader in our community and I’m confident his experience will further complement our board.”
Active in community affairs, Dr. Mills has served on numerous boards and worked with groups to address homelessness in central Florida. He oversees the Mt. Sinai Baptist Church Free Food Pantry, which serves 400 people each week. He is the former president of the African American Council on Christian Clergy and is a member of the Boy Scouts Executive Council, Central Florida Urban League, formerly the Metropolitan Orlando Urban League, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the Inter-Denominational Faith Council. In addition, he is an author and recipient of numerous awards for leadership and community service.
“Dr. Mills is a renowned leader in our community,” said Gregory Lee, OUC board president. “His business experience, community involvement and widespread knowledge will be of great benefit to OUC as we continue to offer our customers the most reliable and affordable service.”
The OUC board comprises four appointed members and the City of Orlando Mayor. Commissioners serve without pay.
“Through my ministry, I am able to work with so many people who call Orlando home and I also witness the need to continue bettering our city,” said Dr. Mills. “I am honored and excited for the opportunity to serve on the board of an organization that is committed to serving its customers and strengthening the community.”
About OUC–The Reliable One
Established in 1923 by a special act of the Florida Legislature, Orlando Utilities Commission is the second-largest municipal utility in Florida and 14th largest in the country. OUC provides electric, water, chilled water and/or lighting services to 375,000 customer accounts in Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties.