PUD Chooses Local Insurance Agent of Record

Chris Iverson, Hagan Hamilton Insurance Services

October 19, 2015 – At their October 13, 2015 public meeting, the Board of Directors for Columbia River People’s Utility District chose Chris Iverson of Hagan Hamilton Insurance Services of St. Helens as the PUD’s new Insurance Agent of Record.

The Insurance Agent of Record is responsible for reviewing the PUD’s insurance requirements, soliciting competitive quotes from insurance markets that provide coverage options for utilities, and determining which responses provide the best options and value for the PUD.

Hagan Hamilton was selected through a process that began August 18 when the PUD issued a request for quotes. Hagan Hamilton and WHA Insurance of Eugene responded to the request, and both companies were interviewed on October 6 by a team consisting of two PUD board members and two staff members.

Interim General Manager John Nguyen said that both of the companies were well qualified and that the interviews went well. However, Hagan Hamilton’s comprehensive services in loss prevention, risk management and employee training would enhance and supplement similar services the PUD currently receives from other organizations.

“Hagan Hamilton having a local office is a benefit”, said Nguyen. “Their knowledge of the area should speed up their response time to the PUD’s insurance needs.”

Hagan Hamilton is a full-service independent insurance agency. It has four branch offices in Oregon, including the St. Helens branch that Mr. Iverson oversees. The company has been named as one of Oregon’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in six consecutive years, including 2015.

“I am extremely excited to work with Columbia River PUD,” said Iverson. “I know many of the employees there and I am very familiar with their operation. I believe I can provide excellent service living only a couple of miles from their main facility. The PUD has always been a major player in Columbia County both in the service they provide and in their community outreach. I look forward to working with them for years to come.”