News Briefs: Feb. 25
Grant PUD hires new chief financial officer
EPHRATA — Former Chelan County PUD General Manager John Janney has been hired as Grant County PUD’s new chief financial officer and one of the utility’s two assistant general managers.
Janney’s first day will be March. 7. His starting salary will be $225,000 a year. Utility officials didn’t advertise the job opening, but instead identified potential candidates, PUD spokesman Chuck Allen said.
General manager at Chelan County PUD for three years, Janney, 54, resigned in 2003 to dedicate more time to his family.
He’s accepted the post as Grant PUD prepares for a change of leadership that involves all its executive managers, as part of a pre-retirement “succession plan” proposed by General Manager Tony Webb, who will step down to become assistant general manager in June. Webb initially announced he would retire from the PUD, but has not set a definitive date.
Current assistant general manager Chuck Berrie will retire in June. Current CFO Kevin Nordt will become general manager June 3. Janney will fill Nordt’s former spot.
Two GC residents likely died of botulism
EPHRATA — Officials say two elderly Grant County residents likely died recently of botulism from home-canned food.
If confirmed, these would be the first fatal cases of botulism in Grant County since 1954, said Heather Massart, spokeswoman for the Grant County Health District.
Botulism is rare in Washington, and cannot be spread from person to person.
The health district is working with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state Department of Health to investigate the deaths of two residents who died earlier this month. They lived in the same household and were in their 80s, Massart said.