July 25, 2013
several months of lengthy deliberation and a nation-wide candidate search, the Chelan County PUD Commissioners
have chosen a new General Manager. The commissioners announced their unanimous selection of Steve Wright to
replace retiring GM John Janney at a special meeting yesterday afternoon.
Wright is the former administrator
and CEO of Bonneville Power Administration, a federal nonprofit agency based in the Pacific Northwest that markets
wholesale electrical power from 31 federal hydro projects in the Columbia River Basin. Wright spent 32 years at
Through his experience there, Chelan PUD commissioners said they felt he was the best fit for the
position out of their several potential candidates. Commissioner and board president Carnan Bergren said he feels
the board was presented a diamond in the rough when Wright expressed an interest in the position.
step into the position officially on Sept. 3. Current GM John Janney plans to stay on through mid September to
oversee the transition. Janney announced his retirement five months ago and had intended to leave Chelan PUD in
early August. Commissioners voted Monday to add 20 days to Janney’s employment agreement to reimburse him
for scheduled leave in consideration for his agreeing to stay longer.