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Chelan PUD's Commissioner Randy Smith to lead state Public Utility Districts

by Kimberlee Craig | Apr 22, 2019
Washington Public Utility Districts Association elects new officers for 2019-2020

Photo of Commissioner Randy SmithChelan County PUD Commissioner Randy Smith of Cashmere will lead the Washington PUDs Association (WPUDA) for the 2019-2020 term. He and other association leaders assumed their positions in Olympia on Thursday. Smith served as WPUDA vice-president and secretary prior to being elected president.

“It’s an honor to lead an organization dedicated to providing the best quality, most affordable and reliable utility service possible for our customers across the state,” said Smith. “PUDs are unique in our connection with customer-owners. We are directly responsible to the people we serve in the communities where we live.”

Smith was elected to the Chelan County PUD Board of Commissioners in November 2006 to represent District 2, and began serving his first six-year term in January 2007. He was re-elected in November 2018, to a third six-year term, running through 2024. As an orchardist and active community member, he has held many agriculture industry and community leadership roles

Skamania County PUD Commissioner Liz Green was elected WPUDA vice-president after serving a year as secretary; Jefferson County PUD Commissioner Ken Collins was elected secretary; and Lewis County PUD Commissioner Ben Kostick was elected to serve a two-year term as treasurer. Lewis County PUD Commissioner Dean Dahlin completed his year of service as president and will now fill the role of past president.

WPUDA 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.

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