Commissioners each represent a defined area of the county. Two commissioners-at-large each serve four-year terms. The remaining three commissioners serve six-year terms. The terms are staggered so that two members of the board are elected every two years.
Judy Wilson was elected to her first six-year term on the board in the fall of 2018. Wilson worked as the manager of a farm implement dealership for 21 years in the Moses Lake area. Prior to that she worked in the power industry for 14 years as the director for Vera Water and Power, a publicly owned utility district in the Spokane Valley that serves 25,000 people. She and her late husband, Les, also operated a family farm and cattle ranch in the Moses Lake area. They have two children and three grandchildren.
Commissioner Cox was elected to his first four-year term on the board in the fall of 2018. He is a lifetime resident of Warden and has actively operated his family farm for more than 45 years. Commissioner Cox has been a part of various local community groups of boards. He also represented the agriculture industry through his service within state and national organizations.
Commissioner Flint was elected to his first four-year term on the board in the fall of 2000. He is a fifth-generation farmer actively farming in Grant County. As founder and director for AgFarmation, he is a grassroots activist and director of the Blacksands Irrigation District and the Columbia Basin Development League. Commissioner Flint has a BA in industrial technology from Central Washington University.
Commissioner Pyle was chosen by the board in October 2021 to fill the remainder of the open District 2 position. He could then run to be re-elected for a full 6-year term by popular vote. Commissioner Pyle comes to Grant PUD with a strong financial and business background from a career in farm credit and agribusiness in the Columbia Basin. He currently teaches business and economics courses, full-time, at Big Bend Community College. He holds an MBA with emphasis on Finance from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma.
Commissioner Schaapman was appointed to fill a vacancy on the commission in 2012 and successfully ran for a six-year term in 2013. He has been a resident of Grant County for 40 years and has operated several businesses in the area during that time. He currently owns and manages a family farm in the Quincy area and served on numerous agricultural boards in the region, including the Washington State Farm Bureau. Schaapman currently sits on the Potato Growers of Washington Board.
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Commission meetings are open public meetings. The public is encouraged to attend. Grant PUD commissioners usually meet the second and fourth Tuesdays at Grant PUD headquarters, 30 C Street SW, Ephrata. Confirm the date, location and time of upcoming meetings at the link below.