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PUD Employee Honored as “Land Surveyor of the Year”
April 1, 2014


April 1, 2014, Port Angeles, WA – Clallam PUD is proud to announce that Jon Purnell, the PUD’s Utility Systems Land Agent, has been recognized as the 2013 Washington “Land Surveyor of the Year.”


Pictured:  Jon Purnell at work in the field.

According to the Land Surveyors’ Association of Washington’s (LSAW) web site, the title “Surveyor of the Year” is awarded annually to the one individual who, by assessment of his or her peers, has contributed the most to the surveying profession as a whole over the past 5 years. LSAW includes more than 800 licensed surveyor members and the award is the profession’s most prestigious State level award.

John Purvis, the PUD Engineering Manager, said, “This Award is indicative of the exceptional service and professionalism that Jon provides Clallam PUD and our customers.”

Purnell was honored with the award at the 2014 annual LSAW conference in early March. Each year the 12 local LSAW chapters submit nominations for the award. At the fall state-wide meeting, chapter and state-level officers review the nominations and vote, via secret ballot, to choose a recipient.

On receiving the award, Purnell said, “Receiving this award makes one reflect upon what being a professional person really means. In the surveying profession, we are obligated to serve the public interest in an objective an unbiased manner first and foremost. Professionals also have a responsibility to assist those who aspire to professional licensure attain their goals, while passing on the values of the profession. These responsibilities I feel keenly now more than ever.”

Doug Nass, PUD General Manager, said, “We want to congratulate Jon Purnell on receiving this award. He is truly deserving of this honor. He is also quite representative of the high caliber employees that work at the PUD and serve the public.”


Pictured: Jon Purnell recognized during a PUD Commission meeting.  Left to right, Commissioner Ted Simpson, Jon Purnell, Commissioner Hugh Haffner, General Manager Doug Nass.

For additional information about the Land Surveyor’s Association of Washington, visit