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From the August 9, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published August 9, 2013

Darin Hall, lineman for Mason County Public Utility District No. 1 in Shelton, Wash., has been named electric superintendent. He replaced Tracy Colard, director of electric operations for PUD No. 1, who retired. Colard’s 40-year career began at the Grays Harbor County Public Utility District in Aberdeen, Wash., where he worked for 27 years in various capacities, including lineman and superintendent. Before joining PUD No. 1, he also worked for the city of Ellensburg, Wash., as electrical supervisor. He also worked as a union representative and lobbyist for the International Brotherhood of Electric Workers Local Union No. 77, which represents Washington and portions of Idaho and Montana.

Coleen O’Brien, former electric utility director of the Danvers Municipal Light Plant in Massachusetts, joins the Reading Municipal Light Department in Massachusetts as general manager. She will be the utility’s 14th general manager in its 119-year history. With 32 years experience, she began her career at Danvers working as the director of engineering and operations in 1995 before being promoted to electric utility director in 1998. Prior to Danvers, she worked as an associate engineer and project engineer with Stone & Webster Engineering in Boston, then worked for Dominion Resources, Inc. as a project manager.

Mike Sullivan has been named general manager of the Hardwick Electric Department in Vermont. Sullivan has spent his entire 25-year career working with Vermont electric utilities, most recently at the Central Vermont Public Service Corp. (now Green Mountain Power) in Rutland, where he was responsible for district operations. Earlier, he worked for the Vermont Electric Cooperative in Johnson as a transmission and distribution maintenance crew leader. He began his career with the Vermont Division of Citizens Utilities Co., which was acquired by the Vermont Electric Cooperative.

Marcie Edwards has been has been named city manager of Anaheim, Calif. She has been working as interim city manager since May 1. Prior to this, she had been general manager of Anaheim Public Utilities since January 2001. She also simultaneously worked as deputy and assistant city manager for the city between 2009 and 2011. She began her 35-year career in the utility industry at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power where she advanced from craft level positions in the 1970s, to management in the late ‘80s. She is a board member of the CleanTech OC in Orange County, Calif., and is a founding board member of the Association of Women in Water, Energy and Environment, headquartered in Sacramento, Calif. She served on APPA’s board of directors from 2002 to 2007.

American Municipal Power, Inc., in Columbus, Ohio, has named Bobby Little senior vice president of risk control. Little joined AMP on July 15 and has more than 25 years’ experience in the utility industry. Formerly, he was executive director of risk management for Southern California Edison, headquartered in Rosemead, Calif. He has also worked as audit/compliance manager for Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Williams Power, and has held various management positions at Progress Energy in North Carolina.

Ann McCormick has been appointed to the five-commissioner Public Utilities Board in Alameda, Calif. She replaces John McCahan, who concluded his second term in June. She previously served on the board from 2000 to 2010. McCormick is a founding principal of Newcomb Anderson McCormick, a San Francisco-based energy engineering and management consulting firm that works with energy and sustainability issues. She is a member of the California Energy Efficiency Industry Council in Oakland, Calif., and is a registered mechanical engineer in the state of California. She previously served as president of the Bay Area Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers.

Ann McCormick

Bobby Little

Coleen O'Brien





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