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Clark Public Utilites gives CEO pay bump

Commissioner describes Nelson’s leadership as having been ‘exceptional’

By , Columbian staff writer
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The Clark Public Utilities Board of Commissioners increased CEO and General Manager Wayne Nelson’s annual salary by 3 percent, to $288,400, following a review of his performance.

The board approved Nelson’s raise Tuesday during its regular commission meeting. His monthly $400 car allowance was unchanged.

In a news release, Commissioner Jim Malinowski described Nelson’s leadership as “exceptional” during his nearly 20-year tenure. He credited the utility’s “careful operation at every level” as the reason why it has avoided a rate increase since 2011 and has given customers $20 million in bill credits in the past two years.

“This job requires a steady hand, the ability to effectively empower employees to do what’s right for customers and an eye to the future,” Malinowski said. “Wayne has all these qualities, and the board is committed to recognizing and rewarding success.”

Nelson has been CEO and general manager since 1999.

For the past 11 years, Clark Public Utilities has earned the highest ranking in customer satisfaction among mid-size electric utilities.

The utility is publicly owned and supplies power to more than 195,000 customers in Clark County. It also provides water to roughly 35,000 customers in Hazel Dell, Salmon Creek, Lake Shore, Hockinson, Brush Prairie, La Center, Meadow Glade, Amboy and Yacolt.

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