Lark is being paid too much for shoddy management 
May 14, 2014 - Letter to Lansing State Journal

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Although some who went without power for a week or so in December have called for Board of Water & Light General Manager J. Peter Lark to be fired, the Citizens Review Team did not recommend any personnel changes in their report. The report did, however, find numerous instances of BWL management failure. Shoddy management is what we expect to avoid when we honor executives with salaries the ordinary BWL customer can only dream of. Before he was picked to head the BWL in 2007, Lark was chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission, getting a salary of $120,000. In his latest contract (July 2013), he gets $258,502. On top of that, the BWL contributes annually to his deferred compensation: $30,000 in 2013, $40,000 in 2014, and $50,000 in 2015 and 2016. The BWL also contributes $47,823 18.5 percent of his base salary to his defined contribution account. This means his total compensation for 2014 will be $346,325. Is it possible that he is overpaid? 

Steve Harry
Lansing