Snohomish County Public Utility District GM/CEO John Haarlow announced the hiring of two Assistant General Managers on Tuesday. Guy Payne was named Assistant General Manager of Distribution & Engineering Services (D&ES) and Jessica Matlock was named Assistant General Manager of Customer & Energy Services and External Affairs.
“Our evolving PUD team will be even stronger with the addition of these two quality individuals in these positions of leadership,” said Haarlow. “They bring experience, knowledge, enthusiasm, and, most importantly, a strong commitment to helping keep our work force safe. I am so pleased we continue to attract and retain such high-performing leaders as these two, who are devoted to meeting and exceeding our customers’ expectations and helping take our utility boldly into the future.”
As Assistant General Manager of D&ES, Payne will oversee more than 500 employees at the PUD’s Operations Center and five local offices in Lynnwood, Snohomish, Monroe, Arlington and Stanwood. His job duties will include the safety of PUD workers and the community, improving the PUD’s reliability and managing capital and operations and maintenance projects.
Payne has 25 years of experience in the electric utility industry, beginning his career as an apprentice lineman at Roosevelt County Electric Cooperative in Portales, N.M. Most recently, he served as Area Manager of Southern New Mexico Operations for Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM), overseeing 70 operational and engineering employees in four different electric service/construction centers in southern New Mexico.
Matlock, who joined Snohomish County PUD in 2006 as the Director of Government & External Affairs, has more than 20 years’ experience working in the energy industry. In her new role at the PUD, Matlock will continue to manage the government affairs division and be responsible for customer service, energy-efficiency efforts and business services. She will oversee large projects related to electric vehicles, solar energy and distribution planning.
Prior to working at the PUD, Matlock worked as an energy and natural resources fellow for U.S. Senator Larry E. Craig (Idaho) and held positions with the Bonneville Power Administration and State of Idaho. She has served on various boards/councils related to hydropower, energy efficiency/conservation, cybersecurity and fish and wildlife. She also served in the United States Coast Guard.