Our Commission

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Benton PUD is governed by a three member board of commissioners elected by citizens of Benton County. Each commissioner represents a different sector of the county and serves a six year term. Each commissioner also represents Benton PUD as a delegate to various business organizations. The commission terms are staggered so that a different commissioner stands for election every two years.

All Commission Meetings are open to the public. Regularly scheduled Commission Meetings start at 9 a.m. and are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month in the Benton PUD Administration Building located at 2721 West 10th Avenue in Kennewick, Washington. Special Meetings, called by the Commission when the need arises, may occur at other times and locations. Notifications of Special Meetings are provided to the public as required under the Washington Open Public Meetings Act.

Current agendas for upcoming Commission Meetings are available to the public. Official minutes of Commission Meetings are also available on Benton PUD’s web site once approved by the Commission.

Public Records

Benton PUD complies with the requirements of the Washington Public Records Act. Our public records policy is available to members of the public who desire to review or obtain copies of public records held by the District. A Request for Public Records form is available for use when submitting a public records request. Certain public records may be exempt, either in whole or in part, from disclosure under the Washington Public Records Act or other state or federal laws. A listing of potential exemptions can be found in the District’s public records policy.

Public Records Policy
Public Records Request Form

Contact Information

If you have any questions, want to send a message to our commissioners or require additional information concerning Benton PUD's Commission Meetings or public records please contact:

Terri Cole, Public Records Officer/Commission Relations Specialist
P.O. Box 6270, 2721 West 10th Avenue, Kennewick, WA 99336
(509) 582-1222, Telephone
(509) 586-1710, Fax

Our Management

Lori Sanders, President

Lori Sanders became Commissioner in January 2005 and began her second term in January 2011.  She is the owner and president of Energy Incentives, Inc., a consulting firm on conservation and renewables. A Kennewick native, she brings to Benton PUD 25 years of experience as a successful small business owner.  She serves on the Energy Northwest Executive board.

Lori, her husband, Scott and her three children reside in Kennewick.

Barry Bush, Vice President

Barry Bush became a Commissioner in January 2013.  He works for Colo Logistics, a logistic company in transportation and warehouse sales.  Prior, he was an energy services representative at Energy Northwest responsible for sales of new generation projects to PUDs through the Northwest and California.  Barry is from the Tri-Cities and is a graduate of Columbia Basin College and Central Washington University.  He is also a former Marine. 

Barry, his wife, Janene and their two children reside in Kennewick.

Jeff Hall, Secretary

Jeff Hall became a Commissioner in January 2002, began his second term in January 2009 and his third term in January 2015.  Jeff graduated from Prosser High School and then Washington State University with a B.A. in Education. After teaching in Richland, he moved back to Prosser and managed Hall Chevrolet Buick, a family owned and operated business until it sold in 2008. He is the past president of the Washington PUD Association.

Jeff and his wife Leontine have three children, Marcus, Andrew and Molly.

Chad Bartram, General Manager

Chad Bartram was appointed General Manager of Benton PUD on January 2, 2013.  Chad joined Benton PUD in 2001, and previously served as Assistant General Manager and Director of Finance & Business Services.  Prior to joining Benton PUD, Chad worked at Energy Northwest for 15 years and served as a United States Army Officer for over five years.  Chad had served on a number of industry and community boards. He holds a Master's Degree in Management Science and a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant.

Steve Hunter, Assistant General Manager and Director of Operations

Steve Hunter joined Benton PUD in 1986; working in both the Engineering and Operations departments in his career.  He was appointed Assistant General Manager on January 2, 2013, in addition to his duties as Director of Operations.  Steve is responsible for overseeing the safety and reliability of Benton PUD’s electric system.  He also provides overall leadership to the Information Systems department and Prosser Branch office.

Steve is a Washington State licensed Professional Engineer.  He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Washington State University.