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Published: March 08, 2013

ColumbiaGrid Seeks New Director Apply by March 22, 2013


ColumbiaGrid Seeks New Director
 
Published: March 8, 2013
Contact: Dan Dettmer
 
ColumbiaGrid Seeks New Director
 
Note: This is an update to an announcement originally made on April 20, 2012. The date for potential candidates to respond has been extended to March 22, 2013.
 
On April 17, 2013, at a Special Member Meeting open to the public, ColumbiaGrid will elect a new director to fill the seat recently vacated by Shelly Richardson. Later this summer it will hold a separate election for its annual director election (this year, for the seat currently held by Ed Sienkiewicz). Candidates must demonstrate substantial and relevant experience with the electric power system in the Pacific Northwest and may not have any conflicts of interest with the director position as described in the ColumbiaGrid Bylaws (to be amended as described below).
 
In accordance with the current Bylaws, last year, ColumbiaGrid originally sought suggestions from its list of Interested Persons for candidates for Ms. Richardson's Board position. A number of highly qualified individuals applied. With an array of challenges currently facing the industry, the Members decided to delay the selection of a new director to give themselves additional time to consider a strategic response to those industry challenges. The Members are now ready to proceed with selecting a replacement director.
 
As part of their deliberations, the Members decided to amend the ColumbiaGrid bylaws with respect to the directors and the election process. In short, there will no longer be an absolute disqualification to a director having worked for a Member or another market participant in the year prior to the election. Rather, applicants will be required to disclose any such relationship to the Members as part of the application process. Other changes will also be made giving the Members, and not the existing Board, the responsibility for selecting a final slate of candidates and assumption of other responsibilities relating to the election. Finally, the prohibitions on work that a director might pursue after stepping down from the Board will be modified. These amendments will be applicable to the upcoming elections. The Members intend to finalize the bylaws amendments in the next few weeks and will post them upon their completion.
 
Given the amount of time that has passed, the Members will confirm that prior applicants are still interested in the reposted position. Also, as the Bylaws amendment will change the eligibility requirements such that barred applicants from applying last year might now be qualified, the Members will reopen the application period until March 22, 2013.
 
The current Bylaws, two relevant ColumbiaGrid Policies, and a job description for the directors drafted by the Members, can be downloaded from the ColumbiaGrid website using the following links:
 
 
The Sixth Amended ColumbiaGrid Bylaws will be posted as soon as they have been amended.
Please send candidate suggestions, or if applying directly; your cover letter, resume, and completed Conflict Disclosure Statement, by Friday, March 22, 2013 to:
 
Dan Dettmer
Treasurer& Corporate Secretary
ColumbiaGrid
8338 NE Alderwood Road, Suite 140
Portland, Oregon 97220
dettmer@columbiagrid.org
503-943-4966
 
Thank you for your input in this important matter, and for your continued interest in ColumbiaGrid.
 
Allen Burns
President & CEO, ColumbiaGrid





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Avista Corporation

"In ColumbiaGrid, we now have the ability to resolve the three fundamental transmission questions: What transmission facilities should be built? Who should build them? Who should pay for them? With ColumbiaGrid's independent staff and process to resolve disputes, we can answer these questions effectively and in a timely fashion to facilitate our region's new resource development needs."
~~ Jeff Schlect, Manager, Transmission Services, Avista