OLYMPIA PUD Commissioners from four public utility districts assumed top leadership positions for 2013-14 as the Washington Public Utility Districts Association (WPUDA) announced the election of its new officers last week. The new officers include two PUD commissioners from the east side of the state and two from the west side, including Pacific County PUD Commissioner Diana Thompson, who was elected vice president.
Pend Oreille PUD Commissioner Curt Knapp was elected to serve as president, Chelan County PUD Commissioner Dennis Bolz was elected secretary, and Lewis County PUD Commissioner Ben Kostick was elected to serve a second term as treasurer.
The officers serve on the associations executive committee and board of directors, providing oversight and recommendations in support of WPUDAs mission. The Washington PUD Association represents 27 not-for-profit, community-owned public utility districts and one-joint operating agency, Energy Northwest. WPUDA member PUDs provide electrical, water and wastewater, and wholesale telecommunications services to about 1 million residential, business and industrial customers in communities across Washington. The new officers assume an important leadership role in achieving the Associations mission to support, protect and enhance members ability to conserve power and water resources of the state and to provide not-for-profit, locally-controlled utility services.
It is an honor to represent the members of the Washington PUD Association as President and I am looking forward to a challenging and rewarding year, said Curt Knapp, newly-elected president. My focus this year will be to work with the members of WPUDA to collaboratively promote and protect the interests of our customer-owners and ensure that PUDs continue to have the ability to provide safe, reliable and affordable, not-for-profit services, said Knapp. We have great opportunity, working together, to affect positive change and enact sound public policy that supports our economy and keeps people comfortable in their homes while preserving and protecting our environment.
Pacific County Commissioner Diana Thompson moves into her new position as vice president having served as the Associations secretary last year. Thompson is looking forward to her new role and the opportunities it presents. I am grateful for the opportunity to work as part of the leadership team in an organization that provides great value to communities served by public utility districts including Pacific County, she said.
Chelan PUD Commissioner Dennis Bolz has been active in the association for seven years, serving on the Government Relations Committee and organizing and speaking at orientation programs for new PUD commissioners. Collaboration and good information are important tools for PUD commissioners, said Bolz, who was elected association secretary. Public power has a great story to tell, and WPUDA plays an important role in the conversation on local control, affordable utility rates and community service.
Lewis County PUD Commissioner Ben Kostick has been elected to serve another term as the Associations treasurer, a position that taps his professional skill as a certified public accountant. While the other officers serve in their positions for one year, the treasurer position is a two-year term. I am pleased to be able to use my professional experience to support the work of the Association and I am looking forward to serving a second term as treasurer. I appreciate the opportunity to work in cooperation with other public utility districts to protect the interest of Lewis County PUD customers as well as other PUD ratepayers across the state.
The Washington PUD Association was established in 1936. Its mission is to support, protect and enhance its members ability to conserve the power and water resources for the benefit of the people of the State of Washington and provide not-for-profit, locally controlled utility services. Visit www.wpuda.org for more information.