PUD Board appoints Rick Lugar Interim General Manager

Interim General Manager Rick Lugar

March 18, 2015 – At its March 17 meeting, the Columbia River People’s Utility District Board of Directors appointed Rick Lugar Interim General Manager, replacing Steve Hursh.

“We provide exemplary customer service at this utility,” Lugar told employees during the Wednesday morning announcement of his appointment. “It’s my hope that you will continue to make positive changes for our customers, both at work and in our community.”

Mr. Lugar served as the PUD’s Finance & Customer Services Manager from 1986 through 2013 and returned to the PUD last month in the role of Customer Services Manager. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Washington.

Lugar has previously served on the Board of Directors and as an officer for the St. Helens Community Federal Credit Union, Community Action Team, and Columbia County Rotary Club, along with several other local volunteer organizations.

He and his wife, Kim, reside in Scappoose. They have three children and two grandchildren.

Mr. Hursh will return to his role as Engineering & Operations Manager for the PUD, a post he has held since February 2003.

Board Vice President Jake Carter thanked Hursh for his service. “I want to thank you personally, Steve, for the hard work you have put in as our General Manager over the past three months. I know it has been a lot of work, and I appreciate your efforts.”

The Board is scheduled to meet next on March 30th at 6PM for a workshop to discuss strategic planning.