Lighting Commission

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Our Board and Its Elected Members

At the top of the organization are the ratepayers of Peabody, who elect the Peabody Municipal Lighting Commission (PMLC), a five member policy-making board.

Commissioners serve six year terms, and hold public meetings at 6:30 PM on the fourth Thursday of each month during the school year, with the exception of November and December, when meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month. PMLC meetings are held in PMLP’s McCarthy Auditorium.

Meet PMLP's Commissioners here.

ROBERT O. WHEATLEY ROBERT O. WHEATLEY, Vice-Chairman

COMMISSIONER  (1997-present)

Commissioner Wheatley has been an elected Peabody commission official since 1997. He has served 5 times as Chairman and 4 as Vice-Chairman, spanning deregulation and dramatic changes in the electric industry.

In 2014, he received the MA Municipal Wholesale Electric Company (MMWEC) 1st Annual Philip W. Sweeney Public Service Award, which recognizes exceptional service to the public, or in the public arena, that advances the goals of public power.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Address: 19 Southwick Ave, Peabody
Phone: (978) 535-1290
Email: (please contact by mail or phone call)

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THOMAS M. D'AMATO, Secretary

COMMISSIONER (2002-present)

Lighting Commissioner Thomas M. D'Amato has been an elected member of your light plant's Commission since 2002. He was Chairman of the PMLC in 2004, 2009, 2013, and 2017, and served as Vice-Chairman in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

A lifelong Tanner, class of ‘83, Tom is a proud member of the Peabody High School Athletic Hall of Fame! He's a graduate of Bowdoin College and has worked for the Mass State Lottery for the past 15 years.

His heart and soul are deeply woven into the fabric of his hometown! His community service, however, does not begin and end with the Lighting Commission. Over the years Tom has been deeply involved in many of Peabody’s youth sports programs as a coach and board member, and is still active today.

Married 32 years to fellow Tanner, Donna Levesque, they have three children ... Jaimie, an assessor at City Hall, TJ, a second year law student at New England Law, Boston, and Mattie, a sophomore at Salem State.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Address: 14 Samoset Rd, Peabody
Phone: (508) 878-2446
Email: Click Here to Send Email

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THOMAS J. PARAS, Chairman

COMMISSIONER (2004-present)

Born and raised in Peabody, Mr. Paras is a United States Navy Veteran, and did 2 tours in Vietnam as a Seabee.

He followed his father, James "Tex" Paras, into the electrical field, and now as a PMLP Light Commissioner.

Commissioner Paras is the President of Paras Electric in Peabody.

In 2017, Commissioner Paras received the Harry Ankeles Community Service Award which recognizes a Peabody Chamber of Commerce member who exemplifies the spirit of selfless dedication and leadership to Peabody.

He greatly enjoys community involvement and belongs to many local clubs and service organizations in the local area. Giving back is a priority for Tom.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Address: 123 Winona St, Peabody
Phone: (978) 531-7673
Email: Click Here to Send Email

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CHARLES W. BONFANTI

COMMISSIONER  (2010-present)

Commissioner Charles W. Bonfanti is a former employee of PMLP. He retired in 1999.

He's now an active member of the PMLC with very valuable perspectives and keen insights, since he was a member of our team and experienced the inner workings of our utility first-hand.

As well as being a Commission member, Mr. Bonfanti has served as Lighting Commission Secretary in 2012 and Vice-Chairman in 2013.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Address: 15 Longstreet Rd, Peabody
Phone: (978) 977-0288
Email: Click Here to Send Email

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WILLIAM C. AYLWARD

COMMISSIONER  (2012-present)

Being a PMLP Lighting Commissioner, and in a position to serve his community and hometown is the fulfillment of a dream for William Aylward.

Bill has been on the Commission since 2012. He completed his first term in 2017, and was re-elected to serve a second term starting in 2018.

During his tenure on the PMLC, he was Chairman in 2014, Vice-Chairman in 2017, and Chairman again in 2018.

When Bill is not performing his Lighting Commission duties, he is the head chef at Burton's Grill in Peabody.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Address: 7 Violet Rd, Peabody
Phone: (617) 957-7325
Email: Click Here to Send Email

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