PUD expected to name interim general manager

Grays Harbor PUD commissioners on Monday intend to appoint an interim general manager to replace Rick Lovely, who is retiring. Lovely announced his retirement plans in June and offered to stay on an interim basis until after the first of 2013.

The commissioners have scheduled a special business meeting for 3:30 Monday afternoon at which they are scheduled to review in-house candidates to temporarily handle the general manager duties while a formal search is under way for a permanent replacement.

The commission agenda lists the top item as review of qualifications and for appointments as interim general manager, followed by and executive session. The next item is the appointment itself.

Commissioner Dave Timmons on Friday said there are two candidates under consideration and both currently are employed at the PUD. The commissioners likely won’t hold formal interviews but rather base their selection on “who we think we need in this short interim,” Timmons said.

“We’re going to make the appointment Monday,” Timmons added.

Lovely, 61, had been general manager for the past 13 years and worked for the district for more than 28 years.

He was appointed as interim general manager in September 1999 and became the general manager that December.

Lovely’s current salary is $198,543, making him one of the highest paid public employees in the area.

Lovely began his career at the PUD in 1984 as a substation engineer and served in several engineering roles before becoming general manager.

Timmons said he was unsure when Lovely’s exact departure date would be but noted that Lovely did ask for a fairly short transition to a new interim GM.

“We certainly appreciated his offer to stick around,” Timmons said. “He had wanted to retire on Dec. 21, but things were going on and he stuck around to help out.”