Snohomish County Public Utility District CEO/General Manager Craig Collar has announced his retirement from the utility, effective October 1, 2018, with his last day at the PUD June 29, 2018. Collar has led the PUD for nearly three years and previously served as an Assistant General Manager of Power, Rates and Transmission. He joined the utility in 2006. Collar is leaving to spend more time with family.
Collar has played an instrumental role in securing tens of millions of dollars in grants and forging numerous partnerships with universities and research organizations as the PUD has studied and developed new renewable energy resources in the Pacific Northwest. He also led negotiations with the Bonneville Power Administration, the utility’s largest energy supplier, and worked to address a broad range of federal energy compliance issues.
“PUD customers have benefitted greatly from Craig’s expertise amid an increasingly complex energy industry,” said PUD Board of Commissioners President Kathleen Vaughn. “His many contributions have helped reinforce our continued commitment to conservation, financial prudence, renewable resources, safety, customer service and ongoing improvements to system reliability.”
As general manager Collar has placed a renewed emphasis on safety to reduce the risk of utility worker injuries and help ensure the well-being of all employees. As a result, the utility’s recordable injury rate is at its lowest level in nearly 30 years – down 50% from 2015. He also worked with the PUD’s Leadership Team to develop a set of strategic priorities that guide the utility to pursue a set of goals across several areas, including continual improvement, customer experience, fiscal management and delivering energy in the most prudent and reliable way now and into the future.
Prior to joining the PUD, Craig was employed at Kimberly-Clark Corporation for 16 years, serving in several positions that included energy and environmental manager, operations manager, operations leader, technical manager and mechanical engineer. He also served in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear submarine officer. He earned his MBA at Colorado State University and a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Montana State University.
The utility’s Board of Commissioners will conduct a thorough internal and external search, both regionally and nationally, to select the next individual to lead the PUD. With a seasoned leadership team in place, the PUD Board has expressed its confidence that current initiatives and day-to-day utility operations will move forward successfully in Collar’s absence. The Board of Commissioners will appoint an interim CEO/General Manager by June 29, 2018.