At the Thursday, December 14th Municipal Light Board (MLB) meeting, commissioners said goodbye to Fran Liptak, a dedicated and esteemed member of the board who represented Ward 4.

In attendance were Westfield Mayor Michael McCabe, State Senator John Velis, and State Representative Kelly Pease who presented proclamations in honor of his years of service. Liptak has served the community with a devoted commitment to the MLB for twenty-four years, contributing significantly to the advancement and success of Westfield Gas + Electric and Whip City Fiber (WG+E/WCF).

During Liptak’s tenure, his guidance was vital for many of Westfield Gas + Electric’s milestones, including the Southwick Pipeline Lateral project, approval and launch of Whip City Fiber, increased funding for the Westfield Warm Program, and a more proactive reinvestment strategy for reliability improvements for WG+E’s electric and natural gas distribution systems. He has consistently advocated for the highest standards of service, always prioritizing the needs and interests of Westfield ratepayers.

Headshot of Fran Liptak, MLB Commissioner in blue jacket in front of utility truck

“It has been an honor to work alongside Fran, a dedicated colleague, and passionate community member who has consistently been a positive face for WG+E. He was always engaged with the community and a regular guest at local events. I am proud of what we have accomplished together, and I am confident that he has left behind a legacy that will continue to benefit generations to come.” said Tom Flaherty, General Manager.

In addition to Liptak’s service on the board, he has also been an avid supporter of the arts through his love for music and performances in the community, as well as playing an impactful role as an assistant coach to the Westfield High School Bombers Hockey team for many years. Liptak’s dedication to the community has surely left a positive mark both professionally and personally.

The Ward 4 position will be filled by Bill Parks who was elected in an uncontested race in November 2023.