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Posted: Jan 16, 2009  10:10

City Administrator Named Public Power Council Chairman


As far as honors go, the one Bonners Ferry City Administrator Stephen Boorman received Jan. 14 was as significant as it gets.

Boorman, who was hired in 2001 to replace longtime city administrator Mike Woodward, was elected as chairman of the Portland, Ore.-based Public Power Council for the 2009-2010 term at the council's Executive Committee meeting.

Established in 1966, PPC represents about 120 consumer-owned electric utilities in the Pacific Northwest. Boorman, who worked for the Boeing Company and the Missoula Electric Cooperative for a combined 11 years before he was Bonners Ferry's administrator, said the 21-member executive committee is the biggest watchdog of Bonneville Power Authority's rates.

"As PPC Chairman, I want to help make sure a wide of range of views can be presented and discussed in a respectful and professional environment," said Boorman, who has been a member of the council for the last four years. "Also, it is important that PPC continue to provide the analysis and base of knowledge that is the foundation of our positions that help ensure reliable and low-cost electricity for Northwest citizens."

PPC preserves and protects the benefits of the Federal Columbia River Power System for consumer-owned utilities. It also acts as a forum to identify, discuss and build consensus around energy and utility issues.

"Steve Boorman brings a lot of energy to the job at an exciting time in our industry," said PPC Executive Director, Scott Corwin. "We are very pleased to have him take the gavel, and the PPC staff looks forward to working closely with him, the vice-chairs and the entire Executive Committee over the next two years."

Along with Boorman, 20 additional members throughout the Pacific Northwest were elected to PPC's Executive Committee for 2009-2010.

Boorman holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering technology from Montana State University.


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