Clallam County Public Utility District #1 is directed by a three-member Board of Commissioners elected by citizens of the county. For more information please review how the commissioners work with the PUD.  For Commission meeting notices and minutes of past meetings click here.

Commissioner Districts Represented
The District map will help you find which Commissioner represents your district. This is easiest if you know your voting precinct. Precincts within the City of Port Angeles utility service area are not included. Click on the map to open a larger version.

Ken Hays, Vice-President (District #1)

Ken has lived in Sequim since 1977 where together with his spouse Joanna they raised their son William on Joanna’s grandparents’ family farmstead.

Ken’s education includes the University of Washington Fine Arts and Architecture programs and a year of study at the Royal Academy of Art and Architecture, Antwerp Belgium.

Ken is a registered and licensed architect with a practice based in Sequim since 1988.

His professional experience in the private and public sectors includes programming, design, project budget development, construction, and facilities management.

Ken’s public service includes two terms on the Sequim City Council from 2008 to 2016, serving as mayor from 2010 to 2014. As mayor his accomplishments include driving the downtown sub-area plan forward, acquiring the city’s first bond rating, and building the new Civic Center. During his tenure Ken achieved his Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership.

Other public service includes the Sequim Planning Commission, Clallam County Economic Development Council Board, including a term as president, and the Sequim Boys and Girls Club Financial Planning Board.

Ken Hays, District #1
Phone: (360) 565-3513

John Purvis, Secretary (District #2)

John, spouse Cynthia, and family made Clallam home in 2007. John is a licensed Civil and Electrical Engineer with a 40-year power systems career in public service, consisting of 6 years active duty as an officer in the US Navy, 31 year’s employment in public power including 16 year’s engineering, operations and power management experience at Clallam PUD.

John has extensive experience in the budgeting, planning, design and operation of electric generation, transmission and distribution systems.

While at Clallam PUD, John oversaw numerous projects to improve reliability and reduce cost of service, including oversight of the long-term capital plan, rebuild and modernization of District substations, implementation of smart grid technologies and to building resilience into local electric distribution systems.

These improvements and associated programs substantially contributed to the District receiving four consecutive APPA awards for operational excellence and two awards for proficiency in energy efficiency, distributed generation, renewable energy, and environmental initiatives.

John Purvis, District #2
Phone: (360) 565-3236

Jim Waddell, President (District #3)

Jim Waddell was elected to office for the term beginning January 1, 2019. Jim Waddell is a Civil Engineer who is retired from a 35-year public service career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

For over twenty years of that career he has been a leader in developing the policies and practice of Sustainable Development.

He also served with the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Jim’s work with the NSF and then as the Senior Policy Analyst for the Environment in the White House office of Science and Technology Policy was largely focused on climate change policy, budgets, and research integration. He was the first in the Federal Government to identify and integrate all the global warming research programs allowing scientific information to better inform National and International policies.

During the early stages of his career, Jim Waddell was an officer in the Army National Guard, serving in Engineer, Signal, and Transportation units.

Jim Waddell, District #3
Phone: (360) 565-3521


Clallam County Public Utility District #1 is directed by a three-member board of commissioners elected by citizens of the county. Each commissioner represents a different sector of the county and serves a six-year term. Each commissioner also represents the District as a delegate to various business organizations. The terms are staggered so that a different commissioner stands for election every two years.

The Commissioners set utility policies and hire a General Manager to implement those policies.

Commissioners’ meetings are open to the public and start at 1:30 p.m.  Meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Mondays, monthly, at the PUD boardroom in the Carlsborg Main Office office, and via Zoom.

Agendas are available prior to meetings through the BoardDocs meeting portal on our homepage.

Board positions of President, Vice President, and Secretary are established by the commissioners themselves on December of each year, following an election, for the ensuing two years.