(PASCO, WA) -- The Franklin PUD Board of Commissioners has selected Scott R. Rhees as the next General Manager of the utility. State law requires the selection be formalized over two separate regular commission meetings. At today’s board meeting, the Commissioners introduced the resolution naming Rhees as General Manager. They are expected to formally adopt the resolution at the March 26th regular board meeting. The appointment will be effective April 1.
Franklin PUD received 58 applications from candidates across the region. After thoroughly reviewing and analyzing the qualifications of all individuals, the final selection was Rhees.
A native of Utah, Rhees brings 40 years’ experience to Franklin PUD. Most recently Rhees has been working as the Vice President of Transmission and Utility Relations with Cyrq Energy in Salt Lake City developing renewable energy generation projects. He has an extensive background in the energy industry including working in the areas of operations, transmission, generation development, and public relations. Much of his experience has been with investor owned utilities including PacifiCorp. Franklin PUD believes Rhees brings a wide variety of knowledge that is not only applicable to public power, but will help the utility plan for the future in an energy industry that is likely to see significant changes in how we are required to do business.
Rhees’s community involvement is widespread. He has been active in community relations and economic development throughout his career, serving on various economic development boards, Chamber of Commerce boards and as past Chamber President. He and his wife currently serve on the Heber Valley Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival Board, located in Heber City, Utah. “I'm honored to have the opportunity to be part of the community and leadership team for Franklin PUD. I'm excited to bring my past experience to support the needs of customers and the team. I look forward to being involved in the community and working with the great employees at Franklin PUD,” stated Rhees.
Rhees is married and has three children and two grandchildren.
Franklin PUD is pleased to have Rhees join the team to lead the utility and carry on the values of public power and its core principles.