Energy Industry Veteran Brings 24 Years of Public Power Experience
After an extensive national search, the Chelan County PUD Commission today unanimously selected Kirk Hudson, a recognized public power leader in the Pacific Northwest, as its new general manager. Hudson, who will assume the role on Jan. 1, 2022, has served in several positions for Chelan PUD in the past 24 years, most recently as its managing director of generation and transmission. He replaces Steve Wright who has served as general manager since 2013.
“During our community outreach this spring, we received hundreds of comments from customers and employees about the qualities they wanted to see in a new general manager,”said Randy Smith, president of the PUD’s Board of Commissioners. “This input was vital to our recruitment process and our selection of Kirk Hudson. He was the clear choice to advance the PUD’s mission and continue our work to enhance the quality of life for our customer-owners.”
“We heard several consistent themes from the community and employees,” Commissioner Steve McKenna stated. “There was interest in recruiting a candidate with strong leadership skills, business management acumen, integrity, background with Pacific Northwest issues, solid communications skills and understanding of renewable energy. We also heard numerous comments about considering candidates internally and within our region.”
“Kirk is keenly focused on customers and meeting their changing interests,” said Commissioner Ann Congdon. “He shares our interest in creating the best value for customers and continuing to offer new ways for them to do business with us and make choices about energy use.”