As set by state law, Cowlitz PUD is governed by an elected board of three 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.
The Cowlitz PUD Board of Commissioners meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 2:00 p.m. in the John Searing Auditorium at
the PUD at 961 12th Ave in Longview. These meetings are open to the public and customer participation is encouraged.
Merritt 'Buz' Ketcham
District 1 (Kelso, South Cowlitz County)
Merritt 'Buz' Ketcham has served as a Cowlitz PUD Commissioner since 2003.
After obtaining his degree in Electrical Engineering he worked for 31 years as
manager of engineering at Longview Fibre Company. Commissioner Ketcham is currently
Vice President of Engineering Services for Brown and Kysar Consulting Engineers,
where he specializes in public utility infrastructure. Buz and his wife make their
home in Kalama. He enjoys public service through Longview Rotary.
District 2 (Longview)
Kurt Anagnostou took office as our newest PUD Commissioner on January 1, 2013.
District 3 (West Longview, North Cowlitz County)
Ned Piper has served as a PUD Commissioner since 1993 and is currently
serving his fourth term on the board. He is a lifelong Longview resident and is a past
president of the Washington PUD Association. Ned, his wife Sue and son Perry live in