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June 2017 Wenatchee Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)
Labor Area Summary (LAS) report:

Chelan PUD's Wright makes $345K+

Chelan PUD's Wright to make $345k with new contract

Chelan PUD Press Release
Acting a year ahead of General Manager Steve Wright’s five-year contract end, Chelan PUD Commissioners unanimously approved a new three-year contract that would run from Sept. 3, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2021. Wright's base annual salary of $345,547 was not adjusted under the new contract.  A retention clause was added providing a 1% growing to 5% annual retention payment for each year Wright remains with the District beginning at the end of 2017.
Commission President Randy Smith stated, “Since we started our strategic planning process in late 2014, we have been operating under the overriding theme of doing the best for the most for the longest period of time. Leading us in that effort has been our General Manager, Steve Wright. He guided us through a highly successful planning process that highlights the PUD’s efforts to reach out and engage all customer-owners with openness and transparency.  The PUD and the community have benefited greatly from his vision, strategy and tireless efforts on behalf of the utility’s customer owners.”
Smith went on to add, “Steve Wright’s legacy at Chelan PUD will be his commitment to an open and transparent dialogue with the District’s customer-owners, employees and many business partners about utility priorities.  Steve's vast industry experience and focus on public service best positions us to meet our mission of enhancing the quality of life in Chelan County.  The Board was eager to secure Steve’s continued leadership.”
Wright expressed appreciation for the Commissioners’ confidence in his leadership: “My family and I have enjoyed getting to know people and becoming a part of the Chelan community.  It has been an honor and a pleasure to work at a world class utility that is has such a dedicated, hard-working staff.  I'm appreciative of the Board's faith in me and am committed to giving my best effort every day."

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