Clallam PUD board member resigns

Agency to conduct interviews in April

Rick Paschall.

Rick Paschall.

PORT ANGELES — A Clallam County PUD commissioner has resigned, creating a vacancy in the three-member board that must be filled in the next 90 days.

Rick Paschall, 65, submitted a one-sentence resignation letter last week, indicating his last day will be Thursday, PUD Communications Manager Nicole Hartman said. No reason was given for his resignation, she said.

Paschall did not attend Monday’s PUD board meeting.

Commissioners Ken Hays and Jim Waddell approved Paschall’s resignation and directed staff to begin the process of finding a replacement to fulfill the remaining two years of Paschall’s six-year term and ideally run in 2024 for the position.

“It would be great if we could find someone that intends to run at the end of term,” Hays said during Monday’s meeting.

Staff intends to list the job opening on Friday and make a selection for interviews, which will be held as special meetings in April.

Paschall defeated candidate Patti Morris in 2020 for his seat on the Clallam PUD commissioners filling an unexpired term for a role left vacant by Hugh Haffner and temporarily filled by Dan Anderson, who chose not to run for the position.

Paschall is a retired electrical utility analyst serving the Pacific Northwest for more than 30 years with experience including power supply, compliance, utility management and participation in regional utility workshops, forums and conferences, according to his biography on the utility’s website.

For 20 years, he provided technical expertise for public power general managers at the Pacific Northwest Generating Cooperative (PNGC). He served for 10 years as vice chair of the Western States Power Pool and four years as Steering Committee member of the Western Interconnection Compliance Forum, according to the website.

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Reporter Ken Park can be reached at kpark@peninsuladailynews.com.

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