Ken Goodwin, president of the board of commissioners and the longest-serving commissioner for the Woodinville Water District, has resigned from the board of commissioners because he no longer lives in the district.
Since he moved to Anacortes to build a home, Goodwin "had to resign, reluctantly," he said.
"I miss the people," he said. "... I miss the commissioners, I miss the staff there. It was a very collegial atmosphere. We had fun."
During Goodwin’s time on the board of commissioners, the water district began the switch to an automated meter reading system and earned an AAA credit rating — the highest rating possible — from Standard and Poor’s.
"That says a lot, not only about our financial strength, but about the district," Goodwin said, adding that the credit rating helps keep bond rates low for customers.
When complete, the automated meter project will let water district employees and, eventually, customers, monitor water usage in real time, Goodwin said. That way, if there’s a leak, they’ll be able to find out immediately rather than waiting up to two months.
"Ken provided us with 17 years of excellent service," said Commissioner Karen Steeb, who is now the president of the board of commissioners.
Steeb said the board of commissioners is now accepting applications to fill the vacant position.
Applicants must be a resident of the district for 30 days prior to applying and must be registered to vote in the district. Applications are due August 5, and the board hopes to seat the new candidate by September.
In addition to continuing the automated meter reading project, Goodwin said the new commissioner needs to be capable of "doing more with less. We’re still in tough economic times, trying to find a way to contain costs."
But the position isn’t controversial, he said.
"It’s just a matter of maintaining what’s been developed," he said. "...It’s pretty straightforward."