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.
Will Purser was appointed to fill the remainder of the District #1 term in April 2001 and was subsequently re-elected each term, beginning January 2003. He came to the PUD with 28 years of business and engineering experience in the energy industry. His background includes national and international siting and construction of power generation facilities, power sales, and electrical rate case intervenor before state Public Utility Commissions. He has experience in water treatment and waste disposal regulations and technologies. As a manager of health, safety, and environmental processes, he has worked with government agencies and public organizations to maximize performance in these areas. He is a Vietnam Era veteran, who attended undergraduate and graduate school on the GI Bill. Before retirement, he was a registered professional engineer in California, Colorado, and Texas.
Commissioner Purser is active in local community affairs, including the Sequim Dungeness Chamber of Commerce. He represents the PUD as a delegate to the Northwest Public Power Association and the Washington PUD Association Commissioners Roundtable. He is also on the Executive Board of Directors of Energy Northwest.
Will recognizes that the issues of energy, water, and waste disposal are critical to the quality of life of Clallam County residents now and in the future. Since these issues are becoming more complex and subject to pressures and forces outside the county, he wishes to apply his background and experience to make a positive contribution to the PUD Commission and the community. He is a strong advocate of utilities owned and controlled by the community and believes that public education and participation are essential to assure that the PUD continues to meet the needs of all its owners and customers.
Will Purser, District #1
Phone: (360) 565-3512
Rick Paschall, Vice-President (District #2)
Commissioner Paschall was elected to the 2nd PUD District on November 3rd, 2020 to serve a short term from December 1st through December 31st, and then taking a second oath of office to begin his full 6-year term on January 1, 2021. He has over 30-years of electric utility experience in the Pacific Northwest. With experience including power supply, compliance, utility management, and participation in regional utility workshops, forums, and conferences, Commissioner Paschall brings a robust portfolio of knowledge to the District. For twenty years, he provided technical expertise for public power general managers at the Pacific Northwest Generating Cooperative (PNGC) and served for ten years as Vice-Chair of the Western States Power Pool , four years as Steering Committee member of the Western Interconnection Compliance Forum He holds an MS in Economics, and BS in Mathematics. Commissioner Paschall resides in Port Angeles with his wife, Connie, and rescue dog, Henry.
Rick Paschall, District #2
Phone: (360) 565-3528
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 here and also at each meeting.
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.