Lansing— The embattled manager of Lansing’s municipal power company says it’s hired a consulting company to improve communications in the aftermath of widespread criticism of how it handled a widespread blackout last month.
The Lansing Board of Water and Light held a special board meeting Tuesday. General Manager Peter Lark began by saying the utility has hired a public relations company and has posted a job for a social media manager.
Lark has apologized for leaving the state on vacation shortly after the Dec. 21-22 storm that knocked out power to about 40,000 customers, roughly 40 percent of the homes and businesses it serves in the Lansing area.
He says the utility has hired contractors so it can triple the number of line crews in the event of another emergency.