Our Mission

All of our team members pledge to uphold the public trust by providing:
Affordable, reliable water and electric service;
The most responsive customer service;
And active community support.

Our tradition of community responsibility has deep roots: Clark Public Utilities was formed by a vote of the people in 1938, and remains customer-owned. To keep resources accessible for our community, we focus on efficiency in everything we do. And we’re proud to make sure the critical resources of electricity and water are reliable for all the people we serve.

Board of Commissioners

Clark Public Utilities is governed by an elected board of three commissioners. The commission sets utility policy, approves annual budgets, establishes rates, approves major purchases and investments, and selects a general manager to oversee the utility operations and staff. Commissioner District Map

Nancy Barnes

Commissioner Barnes was first elected in 1992 by District 2 in the East County area. She was re-elected in 1998, 2004, 2010 and 2016. Her current term expires in 2022.

Barnes earned a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in English and journalism. She has been involved in numerous community activities, including her neighborhood association and local school district.

Barnes is a past president of the Washington Public Utility Districts Association and currently serves as our representative to the Northwest Public Power Association.

Jim Malinowski

Elected in 2012, Commissioner Malinowski represents District 1 in the North County area. His term expires in 2018.

Malinowski holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Washington State University, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in management from Stanford University. He spent 31 years working at Pacific Gas & Electric in roles including manager of transmission planning and manager of power control. He served for eight years as the power utilities technology instructor for Clark College.

Currently, Malinowski participates in the Washington Public Utility Districts Association and is the utility’s delegate to Energy Northwest.

Jane Van Dyke

Commissioner Van Dyke was elected in 2014 and represents District 3, which includes much of the City of Vancouver west of Interstate 205. She previously served as a Clark Public Utilities commissioner from 1984-2002.

Van Dyke holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a law degree from the Lewis and Clark School of Law. She has also attended the Evans School of Public Affairs Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute. With 20 years of experience in nonprofit management, she has worked with the Clark County Volunteer Lawyers and Bar Association, Columbia Springs Environmental Education Center and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council.

Van Dyke now represents the utility on the boards of the Columbia River Economic Development Council and Columbia Springs. She also serves as the American Public Power Association representative.


CEO/General Manager

Wayne Nelson

Wayne Nelson has overseen the operations of the Electric, Water and Generating systems as our CEO and General Manager since 1999. Previously, he served as the utility’s general counsel for ten years—and retains the title today.

Nelson holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Washington and a law degree from the Lewis and Clark School of Law. Prior to his work at the utility, Nelson was a partner in the Vancouver law firm Blair Schaefer Hutchison and Wynne.


 Department Directors

  • Communications, Lena Wittler
  • Customer Service, Lisa Fix
  • Energy Resources, Dan Bedbury
  • Engineering, Cal Morris
  • Finance and Utility Treasurer, Rick Dyer, CPA
  • Information Services, Mike Harris
  • Operations, Dan Krebs
  • Water Services, Doug Quinn

 Key Personnel

  • Water Operations Manager, Oscar Maciel
  • Customer Service Manager, Robert Hill
  • Construction Services Manager, Dana Allen
  • Transmission and Distribution Manager, Ben Feliz
  • Environmental Services Manager, Jeff Wittler
  • Corporate Communications Manager, Erica Erland
  • Assistant to the CEO/Clerk to the Board, Margaret Anderson

 Key Accounts Managers

  • Larry Blaufus
  • Debbie DePetris
  • Bart Hansen
  • Bill Hibbs
  • Zeecha Van Hoose

Contact Us Today

This is your utility, and we’re happy to answer your questions.

Please call us at 360-992-3000, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all year long.

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