Gott & Janda Elected to Energy NW Board

Two PUD Commissioners from Mason County were elected Energy Northwest’s executive board. The organization’s 27-member board of directors elected five inside directors and one outside director to each serve four-year terms on the public power agency’s 11-member executive board and among them are Linda Gott from Mason PUD 3 and Jack Janda from Mason County PUD 1. The executive board sets the policies that govern the operations of the organization. All terms begin in June.

“Today’s executive board represents a great combination of public power, industry expertise and Washington state leadership,” said Sid Morrison, executive board chair. “Together we’ve brought excellence in governance to this joint action agency, and we’ll continue to hold each other to the highest standards of public power and the nuclear industry. This includes maintaining an intrusive focus on providing regional energy customers with clean, cost-effective and reliable electricity.”

Linda Gott

Gott has served as a Mason County Commissioner since 1999. She also serves on the American Public Power Association’s Legislative and Resolutions Committee and is past president of Public Utility Risk Management Services. In addition, she currently serves on the NoaNet Board of Directors and served six years on the Northwest Public Power Association Board of Trustees. She previously served for six years as the PUD’s representative to the Economic Development Council of Mason County and continues to actively promote the benefits of public power and its involvement in and build-out of rural telecommunication systems using fiber optic technology.


Jack Janda

Janda was elected to the Mason County Public Utility District 1 Board of Commissioners in 2001 and re-elected to serve another six-year term beginning January 2013. He was appointed to the Energy Northwest Board of Directors in January 2003, and was elected by the board of directors to serve on the executive board in January 2005 to fill an unexpired term ending in June, 2006.

In April 2006, he was elected to his first full four-year term on the executive board. In April 2010, he was re-elected to serve another term on the executive board. Additionally, he is vice chair of the executive board and has served as secretary/treasurer, vice president and president of Columbia Generating Station Participants Review Board.

While serving on the Mason PUD 1 Commission, he represented the utility on the Washington Public Utility District Association and has served on the WPUDA board as secretary/treasurer, vice president and president. Janda also served as first chair of the WPUDA Energy Committee in 2008.

Prior to his election, Janda was employed with the Forest Service and retired after 32 years of government service. He retired from the Hoodsport Fire Department after serving 33 years as a volunteer fireman / EMT; and served as its chief for 10 years. He has also served as a past board member of the Mason County Tourism Council and a past member of the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group. He attended Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Calif., and the College of the Redwoods in Eureka, Calif. He and his wife, Karen, reside in Hoodsport, Wash.