PUD Commissioners from four public utility districts assumed top leadership positions for 2014-2015 as the Washington Public Utility Districts Association (WPUDA) announced the election of its new officers today. Pacific County PUD Commissioner Diana Thompson was elected to serve as President, Chelan County PUD Commissioner Dennis Bolz will serve as Vice-President, Wahkiakum County PUD Commissioner Dennis Reid will serve as Secretary, and Lewis County PUD Commissioner Ben Kostick will continue to serve as Treasurer.
The officers serve on the Association’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors, providing oversight and recommendations in support of WPUDA’s 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 residential, business and industrial customers in communities across Washington. The new officers assume an important leadership role in achieving the Association’s 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.
Newly elected WPUDA President, Pacific County PUD Commissioner Diana Thompson, is not new to leadership positions in the Association. She previously served as Vice-President and Secretary. Thompson, who currently serves as the President of the Pacific County PUD Board of Commissioners, looks forward to serving as the Association’s President this year. “It is an honor and a privilege to serve the Washington PUD Association” said Thompson. “For almost 85 years PUDs have existed in this state and for a good part of that time, WPUDA has been a part of that community. In my role as Association President, I am committed to working collaboratively with members of WPUDA to continue the good work that was started by those who came before us; promoting and protecting the interests of our customer-owners and preserving the value PUDs provide to communities across the state.” Thompson is a resident of Oysterville and has served on the Pacific County PUD Board since 2007.
Chelan PUD Commissioner Dennis Bolz moves into his new position as Vice President having served as the Association’s Secretary last year. 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. “A good example of that is what is occurring right now with the Wanapum Dam situation. Chelan County PUD has been working closely with Grant County PUD to minimize the impacts to the public. Public power has a great story to tell, and WPUDA is a way for us to share experiences that improve the lives of our customer-owners and stakeholders.”
The position of Secretary has been filled by a Wahkiakum County PUD Commissioner Dennis Reid. Reid has served on the PUD Board since 2011 and is looking forward to his new leadership role within the Association. “It is an honor to be elected and to carry on the work of the Association. I will do my best to represent all the members.”
Lewis County PUD Commissioner Ben Kostick will continue serving in his role as Association Treasurer. Kostick is a Certified Public Accountant and has served on the Lewis County PUD Board since 2007. The position of Treasurer is a two-year term with Kostick beginning the second year of his second term. “I am pleased I am able to draw on my professional background to support the work the Association is doing on behalf of Lewis PUD customers as well as other PUD customers across the state,” Kostick said.
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.