Steve Wright to step down as GM of Chelan PUD

April 28, 2021

by Paul Ciampoli
APPA News Director
April 28, 2021

Steve Wright plans to step down from his position as general manager of Washington State’s Chelan County PUD, the PUD said on April 27.

“After eight years it’s time for me to move on and give someone else a chance to run this great utility. My contract with the PUD to serve as the General Manager runs through the end of this year,” he said in a statement. “I have informed the board that I do not intend to serve as the General Manager beyond that.”

He said the primary reason “is simply that it’s been long enough. I’ve spent 40 years in the industry, 20 years in leadership. I want the opportunity to try something new.”

Chelan’s board “has known of my intentions and has had time to make plans. I am announcing early so the board has plenty of time to conduct a full search. Hopefully, there will be time for overlap with a new general manager before I leave,” he said.

Wright currently serves as a member of the American Public Power Association’s Board of Directors and the board’s executive committee.