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No plans to search for new PUD manager yet

Columbia River People's Utility District board keeps Lugar on with employment contract


COURTNEY VAUGHN - LUGAR

There won’t be a search for a new general manager of Columbia River People’s Utility District just yet.

The power district’s board of directors opted not to seek a permanent manager Tuesday, April 21, instead asking Rick Lugar to continue managing the district on an interim basis.

Lugar has served as interim general manager since he was apppointed to the position in March.

Up until Tuesday, directors had not discussed an employment contract with Lugar, or a revised salary.

The board voted Tuesday to pay Lugar an additional $2,000 per month during his time as interim manager and negotiate a month-to-month contract with him.

Lugar replaced Steve Hursh, the district’s engineering and operations manager, who was serving as interim manager after former general manager Kevin Owens left the district at the end of 2014.

Hursh has since returned to his position managing engineering and operations. Lugar returned to the district in February after he was terminated in 2013. After his dismissal, Lugar filed a complaint with the state’s Bureau of Labor and Industries and eventually settled with the PUD for an unknown amount.

He was reinstated to his customer services manager position after the settlement.

During discussions about manager pay, Director Jake Carter suggested the district’s practice of giving its general managers car allowances and bonuses should be reevaluated and scrapped.

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