Board of Directors

A five-member Board of Directors, elected by the voters within the PUD's political boundaries, sets rates and policies.

A five-member Board of Directors, elected by the voters within the District, governs the PUD. The Board sets rates and policies and hires the General Manager, who oversees daily operations.

See maps of the PUD's Service Area and Board Member Subdivisions.

Board Members

Listed below are the board members, and the areas they serve:

PUD Board Member Dave Baker

Dave Baker

Dave has represented customers in the Scappoose area since 2001. Prior to being elected, he served for three years on the PUD’s Budget Advisory Committee. Dave appreciates the local representation, excellent customer service, and lower rates that public utilities offer their customers.

Dave recently retired from the Portland Fire Bureau after 30 years. He has also worked for his family’s excavation company and was a builder.  He and his wife, Debbie, live in Scappoose. They have three children and three grandchildren.

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Board Member Craig Melton

Craig Melton

Craig Melton was elected in November 2014 to represent Subdivision 2 customers in Scappoose and Warren. He is a 48-year resident of Columbia County and served for 10 years on the PUD’s Budget Advisory Committee before being elected to the Board.

“I hope to work with management to provide efficient service, frugal budgeting and transparent leadership for the utility,” said Melton.

Melton is a small business owner and he volunteers for various local groups including Friends of Columbia County Fair, the St. Helens Boosters, and St. Helens Youth Soccer & Football. He and his wife, Ronda, have three children and one grandchild.

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PUD Board Member Dick Simpson

Richard Simpson

Dick represents customers in Deer Island, St. Helens and Yankton. He has served on the board since 1989.

Dick believes in the low rates and excellent service that public power utilities offer to customers. He is also proud of the PUD’s commitment to community involvement and can often be found helping out at PUD-sponsored events such as the Junior Rodeo at the county fair and the Public Power Week Spaghetti Feed.

Dick is a former firefighter and construction worker who retired from the City of Columbia City in 2001.  He served as State President of the Oregon Bowling Association. He and his wife, Mary Jo, live in Yankton. They have four children and 11 grandchildren.

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Board Member Jake Carter

Jake Carter

Jake represents customers in St. Helens. He has served on the board since 2013.

Jake believes in providing customers with safe and reliable power while maintaining the lowest possible rates.

Jake is employed at IBEW Local 125 in Portland as a Business Representative for several utilities and is a former employee of Columbia River PUD.  While employed at the PUD, Jake held the positions of Meter Reader, Groundman, Apprentice Lineman, Lineman and Meter/Relay Lineman, so he is very familiar with the operations of the utility. He and his wife, Danette, live in St. Helens. They  are raising three children and are very active in the community. 

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Board Member Harry Price

Harry Price

In January 2015, Harry Price became the Subdivision 5 representative for customers in Deer Island, Prescott, Rainier, and Columbia City. Price is a longtime PUD supporter who went door-to-door from St. Helens to Rainier in 1980 to build support for the successful bond measure that allowed the PUD to begin serving customers in 1984.

“I have always been a PUD supporter, and I’m looking forward to representing customers on the board,” Price said.

Price retired after 30 years as a public school teacher and administrator, including 24 years with the Rainier School District. He also spent 31 years in the US Army, earning the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and serving both at home and abroad in Korea, Europe and Japan. Price and his wife, Carolyn, have three daughters and three grandchildren.

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Contact the Board

To contact any PUD Board Member, please contact:

Heidi Ralls
Board Secretary,
Columbia River PUD
PO Box 1193
St. Helens, OR 97051
(503) 397-1844 phone
(503) 397-5215 fax

Board Meetings

The Board of Directors meets in public session on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the PUD office in Deer Island.

Board meeting information