Updated: Sept. 19, 9:40 a.m. WENATCHEE — Former Chelan County PUD general manager John Janney has signed a yearlong contract to provide consulting services to the utility’s senior management team.
“My belief is we have an opportunity for John and I to be a great team and be able to take the utility to an even higher level of performance … I’m very excited about this,” Steve Wright, the utility’s new general manager, said by phone Wednesday.
The contract is between the PUD and Fidelis Servus Group LLC , a corporation recorded with the state Sept. 10. Janney is listed as the entity’s agent.
Wright announced the agreement to employees early Wednesday.
As a consultant on retainer, Janney will earn $15,833 per month for 100 hours of work per month, or almost $190,000 for 12 months. The contract begins in October and extends through September 2014. He will earn that monthly amount even if he works fewer than the contracted 100 hours.
Janney earned $280,000 as general manager. Wright earns $295,000.
Either side could terminate the agreement by giving 30 days notice.
Janney’s duties will include:
- Updating the utility’s financial and business plans.
- Analyzing how to manage upkeep and investment in the PUD’s generation, transmission and other assets to create the best value in the long term.
- Developing a set of steps to ensure that decision-making at all levels of the utility includes the right people and is carried out in the best way.
- Helping ensure the PUD work force contains the people with the right skills and experience in the right place at the right time.
“These are all what I would call good business practices,” Wright said. “We had a long conversation about the things that he (Janney) would like to see the utility do, and they are very consistent with my perspective on how we can improve performance. The two of us working together makes it likely that we’ll be able to get it done quicker.”
Janney, 51, announced in February that he was resigning the general manager post to have more time to spend with church and family. His last day in the office was Sunday. Wright’s first day of work was Sept. 1.
Janney said that the contract allows him to stay involved with the PUD, but have more personal time.
“This appears to be a good opportunity for me and my family,” Janney said Wednesday. “I can stay engaged working with some great people on some really good things … We’re very appreciative.”
Wright said Janney will work in the PUD headquarters. Both could consider extending the contract after the first year.