General Manager

Organization: Cowlitz, Washington Public Utility District
Salary: Competitive compensation package
Close Date: The first review of resumes will occur on September 14, 2015.

Job Description:

Nestled against the Cascade Mountains, Cowlitz County, Washington offers scenic beauty including the Columbia River, Lake Sacajawea, and the nearby Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. The County which has a population of 102,133, consists of 1,140 square miles. There are five incorporated cities in the county including the county seat of Kelso (12,000 population) and its largest city of Longview (36,000 population).

Cowlitz Public Utility District (PUD) provides electric service to 48,500 residential, commercial, industrial, and street lighting customers in Cowlitz County. Cowlitz PUD which has the second largest customer load among Washington PUD’s has an annual budget of $287.5M and 165 FTE’s. Cowlitz PUD is one of only 200 public power agencies in the U.S. that has the APPA RP3 (Reliable Public Power Provider) certification.

Cowlitz PUD is governed by a three-member non-partisan Board elected by the voters to six-year overlapping terms with no term limits. Board members must reside in one of three districts and primary elections are held by district with the entire county voting at the general election. Cowlitz PUD has had four General Managers in the last 24 years with only one not leaving employment on their own.

The minimum job requirements are: 1) Bachelor's degree in public administration, business administration, engineering, or related field; and 2) ten or more years’ experience in a broad spectrum of power utility operations including at least 5 years’ experience as a department director or assistant general manager; equivalent combinations of experience and education will be considered. The PUD is seeking a strong collaborative leader who is able to develop consensus among various external and internal stakeholders.

A recruitment profile brochure will be available shortly at and The position which is open until filled and offers a competitive compensation package. Please send your resume and cover letter with current salary to The first review of resumes will occur on September 14, 2015.
For additional information about this job, please contact:

Paul Wenbert, ICMA-CM
Western Regional Manager
Slavin Management Consultants
Mesa, Arizona
Robert E. Slavin
Slavin Management Consultants
Norcross, Georgia


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