-- Carrie Locke has been hired as the new manager of human resources for the Franklin Public Utility District. She was human resources manager for Washington Closure Hanford for nine years and previously owned a consulting business providing human resources services to small businesses. She has 20 years of experience in workforce planning, compliance, labor relations, compensation and benefits.
-- Nelson Cox, who farms near Warden, was recently elected as the chairman of the Washington State Potato Commission. His one-year term begins today.
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Jared Balcom, commission chairman during the past year, will continue to serve on the board. Also part of the board's executive team are Mike Dodds of Moses Lake, Nick Johnson of Othello, Rex Calloway of Quincy, and Stacy Kniveton of Pasco.
-- Kathi Denn, a Community First Bank electronic banking officer, recently received the National Check Payments Certification, which recognizes expert level understanding of the check payments landscape. The bank serves Kennewick, Pasco, Richland and Connell.
-- Douglas Bateman, a personal banker with Community First Bank, recently graduated with the Leadership Tri-Cities Class XIX. The bank serves Kennewick, Pasco, Richland and Connell.