August 04, 2010
In a surprise announcement,
Chelan County PUD commissioners Tuesday afternoon unanimously approved hiring John Janney as the next general
manager. It was only last month that Janney was appointed as interim manager to replace Rich Riazzi who resigned
to accept a new job in Pittsburgh, Penn. Commissioners made the decision after an hour long executive session.
The 48 year old Janney has been with the PUD since 2007, when he joined as executive manager of risk and chief
risk officer. He has also been serving as chief financial officer since 2008. Janney was the principal architect
of new financial policies that were adopted by the board on June 21 as part of a new strategic plan being
developed for the next several years and beyond. Commissioner Randy Smith seconded the motion to hire Janney,
saying he appreciated someone with the toughness to know when to push back on commissioners to make his point of
view understood. . . In accepting the position, Janney said he has great confidence in his co-workers, and that
he will be counting on them for help as he takes over his duties permanently. Janney had been the interim manager
since Riazzi’s departure last week.