I am writing this letter to ask for your support for Pam Hickey for PUD commissioner in Pacific County.

Pam has lived in Ilwaco for 21 years and has owned her own business in our county for 13 years. Prior to moving to Pacific County, she worked for Levi Strauss & Co. and Williams Sonoma in the San Francisco area.

A commissioner’s role is not to “run” the PUD, but to develop policies and procedures, rates, customer service and financial management with the PUD manager and other Board members. A commissioner is responsible to the ratepayers for decisions made by the Board of Commissioners. Pam’s 10 years of working for a water district has enabled her to become well-versed in this role. She understands Washington laws regarding utilities and finance.

Over the past months, Pam has attended PUD public meetings and asked pertinent questions about the policies and procedures that have guided the current agency practice. She has shared her perspective on improvements that could be made to benefit ratepayers and improve transparency of the organization.

I have appreciated the level of detail she has included in her questions, as well as creative ideas to address issues and bring greater benefits to the ratepayers.

We have the benefit of being participants in our public utility district. I intend to exercise my role by voting for Pam Hickey, who will bring renewed energy and transparency to our PUD Board of Commissioners.

DEE BRISTOL

Long Beach

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