Commissioner Vacancy

Clallam County PUD Commissioners have issued the formal Notice of Vacancy for filling the District 3 position on the PUD Board of Commissioners. Following the Call for Applicants issued on February 26, the following nominees have submitted applications for consideration: Phyllis E. Bernard, Paul J. Pickett, Kenneth Simpson, and Gary R. Smith.

This Notice of Vacancy provides 15 days’ notice of the nominees and is an open period for registered voters who are customers of Clallam PUD to nominate additional names for consideration by emailing Nominations will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, 2024. Nominees should submit an application by the deadline, the instructions for which can be found below. After the 15 day notice period, the Commissioners may appoint an applicant, or schedule interviews from a selection of candidates to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the unexpired term, which runs until the certification of the next general election in November of 2024.

The candidate for the position must be a registered voter living within the PUD’s Third Commissioner District. The Third District includes these voter precincts: Belleview, Black Diamond, Mount Angeles, Mount Pleasant, Beaver, Bogachiel, Clallam Bay, Dry Creek, Elwha, Forks 301, Forks 302, Freshwater Bay, Joyce, Madison Creek, Neah Bay, Quileute, and Sun. Clallam County PUD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and as such does not discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and related conditions, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.

The PUD Commissioners will be addressing significant issues for the customers of the PUD during 2024 and the future. Currently, the challenges are focused on: compliance with the Energy Independence Act requirements for renewable energy and conservation, rising costs of power and operations, minimal load growth, and future power supply challenges. The Commissioners also approve the three fund budgets; set policy for electric, water, and sewer regulations; set rates and charges for services; approve the Strategic Plan; and appoint the General Manager, Treasurer, and Auditing Officer.

The position of PUD Commissioner pays a salary of $3,238 per month, plus a per diem of $161 per day for meetings attended on behalf of the District to a maximum annual compensation of $61,396, pursuant to RCW 54.12.080. Commissioners are also eligible for group insurance for themselves, their immediate family, and dependents.

Application Instructions

Questions? Contact Nicole Hartman at 360-565-3231 or email

Please note: Applicant names and applications may be made public subject to a media or records request. Personal information such as  addresses, telephone numbers, fax numbers, voter registration numbers, date of birth and any drivers or professional license numbers will be redacted.