Benton PUD board names new officers

Benton PUD Commissioner Bob Bertsch has been elected president of the Benton PUD Commission for 2011.

Jeff Hall was elected vice president and Lori Kays-Sanders was elected secretary.

Bertsch became a commissioner for Benton PUD in 2005. He is president of Ashley-Bertsch Group Inc., a construction management company.

Benton PUD is directed by a three-member elected board of commissioners. Each commissioner represents a different area of the county and serves a six-year term. Officers are elected annually.

Benton PUD serves 47,000 customers in Kennewick, Finley, Benton City, Prosser and outlining areas with electricity and telecommunications.