Clallam PUD picks finalists for open commissioner seat

Clallam County Public Utility District commissioners will host a special meeting on April 17 to interview for a second time three of the six finalists to fill the role left vacant by Rick Paschall, who announced his resignation from his role as commissioner in February.

At 1 p.m. on Monday, the district will hold a hybrid meeting for a panel interview of three District 2 commissioner candidates: Nathan Adkisson, John Purvis and Marc Sullivan. The meeting is open to the public.

Attend the meeting by Zoom at (meeting ID 847 2162 4204, passcode 718170)

The Zoom access info is also available on the PUD website at

Following the panel interview, commissioners will hold an Executive Session to evaluate the qualifications of applicants and may take action after the executive session.

Finalists, including Adkisson, Purvis, Sullivan, Troye Jarmuth, Jack Smith and Jason Zizzo — were interviewed in early April, and the finalist list was shortened following interviews on April 10.

Commissioners have said they hope to select a candidate who would intend to run for the position after serving the remaining two years of Rick Paschall’s term.

About the finalists

• Adkisson, 44, is a longtime resident of Clallam County who says he has a long-held passion for civic engagement.

Adkisson earned a degree in communications from Western Washington University in 2002 and has spent 20 years in the financial industry, 11 of which have been in Clallam County, working as a loan officer for various financial institutions.

• Purvis, 60, is a 16-year resident of Clallam County and comes with a host of recommendations from community leaders such as Colleen McAleer, executive director of the Clallam County Economic Development Council; Karen Affeld, executive director of the North Olympic Development Council; and Port Angeles City Council member Charlie McCaughan.

Purvis has 40 years of experience with power utility systems, beginning with his time in the U.S. Navy and his current role as assistant general manager of the Clallam PUD.

Purvis earned two degrees from Christian Brothers University: one in civil engineering and one in electrical engineering, and in his own words is a “firm believer in the value of public power.”

• Sullivan, 71, has lived in Clallam County for just less than a decade.

Sullivan earned a degree in political science from Stanford University in 1974 and worked as a senior executive of Seattle City Light in the 1990s.

Sullivan said he was raised in “the church of public power” when describing his experience with public utility systems throughout the years.