New water district commissioner chosen

  • Written by Briana Gerdeman Contributing Writer

ChattertonRick Chatterton will replace Tim Matson on the Woodinville Water District Board of Commissioners, the current Board decided at a meeting on April 30.

Chatterton wants to focus on keeping rates reasonable while conserving Woodinville’s water resources in an environmentally responsible way.

He said the population of the Pacific Northwest, including the eastside of Seattle, is projected to grow 30 percent between now and 2030, so he wants to ensure the Woodinville Water District will manage resources effectively to meet the needs of a larger future population.

“I’m an avid conservationist,” he said. “With all the rain that’s here, it’s easy to think we have water to waste, but ... it’s a limited resource.”

Chatterton, who has lived in Woodinville for eight years, retired from a career in financial management with Royal Caribbean in 2008.

“I left so I could focus on building community,” he said. His corporate career prepared him for managing the water district. “We answered to the shareholders. As an executive, I had to be financially responsible.”
He is also the president of the Woodinville Heritage Society, serves on the Woodinville Emergency Preparedness and Public Safety Commission, and ran for city council in 2009.

The water district Board of Commissioners “was a natural next step,” he said.

He will fill the spot vacated by Matson, who resigned in February because he had accepted a job outside of Washington.

Chatterton will serve for the rest of Matson’s term — until the end of 2013 — and plans to run for election this November for a six-year term beginning in 2014.

“He really stood out in terms of the homework he did and his demeanor and the way he came across,” Ken Goodwin, chair of the Board of Commissioners, said of Chatterton.

The current commissioners were impressed that Chatterton had read the city’s comprehensive plan. The water commissioner position doesn’t require any technical qualifications, Goodwin said; the board was looking for “somebody who understands community service and has enthusiasm for the job.”

All seven candidates met the position’s legal requirements — being registered to vote and living in the district — but the board chose to interview only four candidates: Chatterton, Jim Dunlap, Pao-Tsun Hwang, and Michael Lucarelli. It chose not to interview Rob Clark, Henry Stecker, and Ronald Volz.

Although all seven candidates were qualified, Goodwin said, the board made a “subjective” choice to interview only four.

“We thought four would be a good number and that’s what we selected to interview,” Goodwin said.

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