As set by state law, Lewis County PUD is governed by a board of elected commissioners. Each commissioner represents a defined geographic section of the county. Their terms are six years. It is the Board’s responsibility to set utility policy and to hire and oversee the work of the general manager.

Commissioner District No. 1
Ben Kostick

Commissioner Kostick, a self-employed CPA, represents PUD Commission District No.1 that comprises the central part of Lewis County east of Centralia and Chehalis, including the Big Hanaford, Little Hanaford, Coal Creek, Logan Hill, North Fork, Forest, Napavine, Evaline, and Winlock areas.

Commissioner Kostick was appointed to the Board of Commissioners in April 2007 and was subsequently elected.

You can reach Ben by emailing or by calling (360) 262-0516.


Commissioner District No. 2

Request for Applications to fill Commission Vacancy

Public Utility District No. 1 of Lewis County

Public Utility District No. 1 of Lewis County is seeking applications from qualified individuals to fill the current vacancy of Commissioner District No. 2.  Applicants must reside and be eligible to vote in District No. 2.

To be considered; applicants must submit a letter of interest including a response to the listed supplemental questions along with a resume outlining work history.

Applications must be submitted in full and received by 5:00 PM October 10, 2019.

Options for submittal:

Mail: Public Utility District No. 1 of Lewis County

Attn:  Lora Provolt

P.O. Box 330

Chehalis, WA


In Person: Public Utility District No. 1 of Lewis County

321 NW Pacific Avenue

Chehalis, WA  98532

Questions regarding Public Utility District No. 1 of Lewis County and the Commissioners duties and responsibilities may be directed to Chris Roden, General Manager at (360) 740-2435 or Lora Provolt, Human Resources Manager at (360)740-2445.

Please provide a written response to each of the following questions below.  This must be submitted along with your letter of interest and resume.

  1. What is your understanding of Lewis County PUD and public power?
  2. What do you believe are the most significant factors affecting the utility business?
  3. What should be a commissioner’s responsibilities to:
    1. Customers
    2. PUD
    3. Board


Commissioner District No. 3
Tim Cournyer

Commissioner Cournyer, the CEO/CFO of Forks Community Hospital, represents PUD Commission District No. 3. District No. 3 generally comprises the southern and eastern parts of Lewis County, including Toledo, Onalaska, Ethel, Salkum, Silver Creek, Cinebar, Mossyrock, Morton, Mineral, Glenoma, Randle and Packwood.

Commissioner Cournyer was elected to the Board of Commission beginning January 2017.

You can reach Tim via email at or by calling (360) 880-6563.

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