Longtime Kennewick resident Dean Dennis, a retired Navy petty officer, has been appointed to serve on the Kennewick Irrigation District board of directors.
"I'm very pleased I'll be able to assist my neighbors in the Tri-Cities area. Finally, there will be representation for homeowner, not just farmers," Dennis said.
Dennis and three other candidates were interviewed Wednesday by Benton County commissioners who made their decision following the interviews.
"I feel I can be a team player and strong member of the team," said Dennis, who ran unsuccessfully for the board in 2010.
He will fill a vacancy left by the resignation of John Jaksch, who moved out of the area in May. He had been on the five-member board since 2007.
"I'm looking forward to an election campaign and getting to serve a full term," Dennis said.
The seat must go to a public vote in early December, as required by state law.
Commissioner Leo Bowman made the motion to appoint Dennis, which was seconded by Shon Small. The vote was unanimous, but only after Bowman noted that Dennis "did not have an ax to grind or a conflict of interest."
Applicant Dale Walters, who was appointed to the KID board in 2008, but was not re-elected later that year for a four-year term, told commissioners his reason to get back on the KID board is to fix inequitable rates.
Applicant Penny Hermanson said she has been a regular attendee at KID board meetings since 2008, when her husband Patrick McGuire was elected to the board.
The fourth applicant, Robert Frink, said he was interested in doing public service and sharing his expertise from a career in the nuclear power industry.
Dennis is president of the Pheasant Run Home Owners Association board of directors and active in The Living Room Community Church. He also belongs to the Columbia Classic Car Club, Retreads Car Club and Washington State Operation Thank You. He also has been involved with the Three Rivers Transportation Expo to help form a transportation museum in the Tri-Cities.
Prior to retiring, Dennis worked for Westinghouse at Hanford in several positions, including manager of fire systems.
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