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4/1/2004  12:50:00 PM
Tom VanBronkhorst (206) 684-8807

Appointee should be expert in technical areas related to utility

SEATTLE - The Seattle City Council is looking for a public expert to appoint to the Seattle City Light Advisory Board, which advises the Council, Mayor and City Light Superintendent on policies, business strategies and performance oversight. The board looks at the utility's finances, power supply, power marketing, risk management, environmental protection, energy conservation and other areas as deemed appropriate by the Mayor and Council.

The vacancy is created by the resignation of Maura O'Neill, a former environmental analyst for Seattle City Light. O'Neill was one of the Council's three appointments to the six-member board; the Mayor made the other three appointments.

"We hope to entice a variety of candidates to step forward to serve on this panel," said Councilmember Jean Godden, who chairs the Council's Energy & Environmental Policy Committee. "The person we would like to select will not only be an expert in an area related to electric utility management, but someone who is not shy about adding his or her advice to the mix of opinions offered to the Mayor, the Superintendent and Council members."

The ordinance establishing the board states that "in order to provide expert industry-specific knowledge and nonpartisan advice to the Mayor, the Council, and the City Light Superintendent on key energy issues facing the City, each Advisory Board member should have demonstrated expertise and experience in one or more of the following areas: business, finances, energy conservation, environmental protection, energy law, utility operations, and power/risk management."

Nominations should include a cover letter and resume, and be sent to: Jean Godden, Seattle City Council, P.O. Box 34025, Seattle, WA 98124-4025, or via e-mail to: Nominations should be received by April 15.

The board meets once a month. The next meeting is Tuesday, April 6, 8:30 - noon in the Boards and Commissions conference room on the L2 level of City Hall. For more information about the City Light Advisory Board, visit


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