Columbia River PUD Board Appoints John Nguyen Interim General Manager

General Manager John Nguyen
Interim General Manager John Nguyen

August 26, 2015 – At its August 25, 2015 special meeting, the Columbia River People’s Utility District Board of Directors appointed John Nguyen Interim General Manager, replacing Rick Lugar.

“We feel Mr. Nguyen is the best choice for Interim General Manager and we look forward to working with him to find ways to help the PUD operate even more reliably, efficiently and effectively,” said PUD Board Vice President Jake Carter.

Mr. Nguyen led the PUD’s Information Technology efforts from 1987 through 2013 and returned to the PUD in June 2015 as a Special Projects Manager. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science from Portland State University, with a focus in both electrical engineering and computer science. He and his wife, Annie, reside in Scappoose. They have two sons.

“I look forward to working with the Board and staff to ensure that we continue to provide the reliable, affordable electricity and great customer service the PUD is known for,” said Nguyen.

Mr. Lugar will return to his role as the PUD’s Customer Services Manager. Board Vice President Jake Carter thanked him for his service as Interim General Manager. “Rick, I appreciate the contributions you have made over the past five months,” he said.

The next board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 15 at 6:00 PM at the PUD office in Deer Island.