David Horton Named New Opelika Power Services Director

June 11, 2013

After an intense search process and a formal vote of the Opelika City Council to approve a new contract for the Opelika Power Services Director position at their called meeting on Tuesday, June 11th, it’s official:  Mayor Gary Fuller has announced that Mr. David Horton is Opelika’s new Director of the Opelika Power Services.

            David Horton has been with Riviera Utilities in Foley, Alabama for the past thirteen years and is currently managing their Cable TV system, while serving as Manager of Public Affairs. He started his career with TVA in their electrical apprenticeship program in 1972. 

According to an enthusiastic Mayor Gary Fuller, Horton’s experience, education and qualifications make him an outstanding choice to lead OPS.  “I’m excited about David Horton taking Opelika Power Services to the next level,” Fuller said, “He certainly understands our core mission is to keep the lights on, and he shares our enthusiasm for completing our fiber to the user project.  Soon we’ll be offering citizens and businesses of Opelika world class cable TV, ultra-high-speed internet and telephone service.  And we’ll improve the reliability of our electrical distribution system as we fully deploy smart grid technology.   David is highly qualified to lead this effort.”

City Council President Eddie Smith shared those sentiments.  “On behalf of the Opelika City Council, I would like to first thank Mayor Fuller for his leadership in bringing a person of David Horton's qualifications and character to our City.  Further, the City Council would like to welcome David and his wife Joanne to our community, and pledge our support to them as they get moved and instilled into our City.  We are confident that they will love living here, and that David will provide outstanding leadership to Opelika Power Services.”

“I am extremely proud and honored to be given a vote of confidence by Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller, City Council President Eddie Smith and the members of the Opelika council for the position of OPS Director.” Mr. Horton stated after his acceptance was announced, “With that vote comes great responsibility to continue to provide excellent service to the people and businesses in the community, take fiber to the home and businesses, and become a part of the great team at OPS.  I look forward to being a part of the Opelika community.” 


The “official start date” for Horton will be announced within the next couple of days, pending the completion of his obligations with Riviera Utilities.  Once that has been decided, though, he and his wife Joanne, who is the retired Superintendent of Talladega City Schools, will be making their home here in Opelika.