The Snohomish County Public Utility District has chosen a finalist from within to run the utility. Until Tuesday, (CleanTech Alliance Board Member) John Haarlow was merely known as Candidate D, one of four unnamed finalists.
The three-member PUD commission offered him a contract Tuesday that pays a base salary of $390,244 a year. It still must take a formal vote at an Oct. 1 meeting.
Haarlow joined the PUD in February 2017 and is its assistant general manager. He has three decades in the electric utility industry and, if approved, could begin his new job Oct. 8.
His identity was revealed before a standing-room crowd at Tuesday’s PUD meeting. In the course of the afternoon, more than a dozen people voiced their displeasure at what they described as the commission’s lack of transparency in the hiring process and the appearance that the board is rushing its decision ahead of the November election.