The votes have been counted and there will be a different PUD Board of Commissioners in January. Unfortunately, some of the previous leaderless tactics will continue for at least the next two years.
There is little hope that there will be any changes or positive improvements to the board’s lack of oversight and transparency during past few years. If anything, it is very possible that the board will return to more indecisive and rancorous in-fighting among the board.
The most recent new addition to the Board (yet to be certified) will not bring any evidence or additional experience which could provide needed organizational leadership to improve the service provided to the PUD customer-owners.
The PUD will continue to lack capacity for good energy service policies and the inability to provide proper cost management and oversight. The lack of board action and direction will continue to plague the Snohomish PUD. There will be more discord and less thought given to the needs of the customer-owners.
The customer-owners of the PUD, have given the board a pass that will allow PUD to continue its leaderless direction. The difference is that starting in January, the board will do it with more flare and fire-works.
The voters lost an opportunity for a positive change that may not come again for some time.
Ignacio Castro Jr.