New Chelan PUD Commissioners Sworn In


New Chelan County PUD Commissioner Steve McKenna and re-elected Commissioner Ann Congdon were sworn into office Monday by Chelan County Auditor Skip Moore.

McKenna, who lives in Leavenworth, was elected in November to the four-year, at-large District A position, previously held by Carnan Bergren. Congdon, of Manson, was re-elected to her third, six-year term as the District 3 representative.

“Chelan PUD is such a great asset to the county and I’m truly humbled, honored and thankful to the voters of Chelan County for giving me this opportunity,” McKenna said. “I’m looking forward to and committed to learning all I can about the different facets of the PUD organization.”

McKenna served as a principal and superintendent for Manson Schools from 1990 to 2010 and was Cascade School superintendent in Leavenworth from 2010 to 2014. He and his wife, Phyllis, have seven children.

Congdon thanked voters for the opportunity to serve the county for another six years. “I’m grateful and humbled for the ongoing community support and look forward to continuing to work with our customer-owners,” she said. “I’m also grateful for the opportunity to work with my fellow PUD commissioners on priorities including continued investment in our core assets with the ongoing work at our hydro plants and staying focused on our financially conservative approach with the hope we’ll be able to continue the Public Power Benefit program, if finances allow.”

Commissioners re-elected Randy Smith as board president for 2017, along with Vice President Garry Arsenault and Secretary Dennis Bolz.

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