Dameon Pesanti, Media Specialist
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CLARK PUBLIC UTILITIES BOARD RAISES GENERAL MANAGER’S SALARY
VANCOUVER, WA – July 22, 2020 – The Clark Public Utilities Board of Commissioners voted to adjust CEO and General Manager Lena Wittler’s salary from $240,000 to $254,000, effective July 1, 2020.
“This past year has brought unprecedented challenges and uncertainties to both our community and the energy industry at large,” said President of the Clark Public Utilities Board of Commissioners, Jane Van Dyke. “Under Mrs. Wittler’s exemplary leadership, our staff quickly rose to the occasion and has continued to deliver outstanding customer service and reliability, while operating with great fiscal responsibility.”
The increase in Mrs. Wittler’s salary followed a thorough review of her performance and that of the utility under her leadership during the last year. She has served as CEO and General Manager of the utility since June 2019. Her car allowance of $400 per month and other benefits remain unchanged.
“The commissioners are proud of the actions this utility has taken to help our customers,” Van Dyke said. “Early in the crisis we increased support to our customer assistance programs and suspended service disconnections well before the state required it.”
“Certainly this has been a year none of us could have predicted, but it’s an incredible privilege to lead through this time as we continue to provide truly vital services in our community,” Mrs. Wittler said. “I look forward to helping our customers as we get through these difficult times.”
Clark Public Utilities has ranked highest in customer satisfaction among mid-size electric utilities in the west by J.D. Power for twelve years in a row. The prestigious study evaluates all areas of the utility from system reliability to billing and from customer service to environmental stewardship. It is an indicator of the efficiency and effectiveness of the utility compared to similar-sized organizations.
About Clark Public Utilities
Clark Public Utilities is a customer-owned public utility that provides electric service to more than 211,000 customers throughout Clark County. The utility also provides water service to about 37,000 homes and businesses in the Hazel Dell, Salmon Creek, Lakeshore, Hockinson, Brush Prairie, La Center, Meadow Glade, Amboy and Yacolt areas. More information at 360-992-3000 or www.clarkpublicutilities.com.
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