Greg Hart, Coeur d’Alene
KEC Member: 13 Years
Nominated By Nominating Committee
I graduated from Coeur d’Alene High School in May 1968, and joined the Marines in June. I served from 1968 to 1972 in Vietnam and Washington, D.C. Upon returning from Vietnam, I married my high school sweetheart (Debbie Drechsel) and we’ll be celebrating 49 years together in August. We have two sons who live in the area and four wonderful grandkids. I began work at Kootenai Electric in July 1972, one month after being honorably discharged. I started as a groundman and completed my 3-year apprenticeship through the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee at Spokane Community College in 1975. I worked my way up from groundman, apprentice lineman, journeyman lineman, foreman, general foreman, line superintendent, operations manager and finally special projects manager. After 35 years, I retired from KEC and then, in 2010, was offered and accepted the position of operations manager at Lewis County PUD (LCPUD) in Chehalis, Washington.
I would be a unique and valuable asset to the KEC board and its membership because of my background. I’m choosing to run for the at-large position because there is not an area in KEC’s system I have not personally set foot in. I have in-depth knowledge of the challenges facing the utility industry in the Northwest. I have been on both sides of the table in International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union negotiations and am very familiar with the WAC 45 standards that guide the line crews. In addition, I upgraded the safety programs at both KEC and LCPUD. I have worked with nine different general managers in my 40 years in the industry, with seven of those managers being at KEC. My board philosophy sits on the conservative side. I believe our members want two things: low rates and system reliability. I believe technology has its place in keeping those rates low. I, along with Dennis Hinton, started KEC’s AV Lite mapping system and its Automated Meter Reading system, saving KEC time and money. The last thing I would like to say is KEC’s greatest asset is its employees.
I have the time, knowledge, and commitment to serve the KEC membership as its at-large director.
Watch Greg's candidate speech