Mason PUD 1 Director Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
PUD 1’s recently retired director of operations Tracy Colard was presented with the Washington Public Utility District’s Association’s highest honor, the WPUDA Lifetime Achievement Award. The awards banquet was held in conjunction with WPUDA’s annual conference at the Northern Quest Resort & Casino in Spokane, WA on December 5, 2013. Colard was recognized for his “exceptional leadership and commitment to the philosophy and purpose of the association and public utilities” according to WPUDA. Colard retired this fall after 10 years of service with Mason County PUD No. 1 and an impressive 43 years in the utility industry. He held several positions from journeyman lineman, to union representative and lobbyist, and ultimately transitioned into management where he oversaw the operations of both the water and electric departments for PUD 1before focusing solely on the electric side of the business. His crowning achievement was the completion of PUD 1’s t3ba’das Substation, which was finished on time and under budget.