Five residents have applied for the open position on the Princeton Public Utilities Commission. 

Paul Whitcomb, Richard Schwartz, Maureen Gould, Jon George, and Greg Hanson have applied. The deadline is Monday, July 8.

Those names were released last Friday by City Administrator Robert Barbian; during last week’s Princeton City Council meeting, City Clerk Shawna Jenkins reported five applications had been received.

Princeton city leaders will select a replacement for Commissioner Henry “Hank” Findell, who served on the PUC from April 2005 to October 2010 and in his most recent capacity since December 2013.

Findell submitted a letter of resignation that was sent via mail to the Princeton City Council on May 31. Barbian said the council will discuss the PUC open position at its July 11 regular meeting, which will start at 7 p.m.

The term for the open position ends Dec. 31, 2019. The Commission meets at Princeton Public Utilities once a month, on the fourth Wednesday at 1 p.m.

Commission Chair Mindi Siercks and Commissioner Dan Erickson accepted Findell’s resignation letter at the PUC’s June 26 meeting. They did so with a huge amount of regret, regarding Findell’s service.

General Manager Keith Butcher said the PUC did get copies of the letter that Findell had submitted to the city.

During last week’s meeting, Butcher asked Siercks and Erickson to approve a certificate of recognition for Findell’s years of service. Erickson had plenty of praise for Findell during discussion at the June 26 PUC meeting.

“This utility is run very well,” Erickson said. “Hank was a big part of that, and he did a great job. That’s made my job a lot easier as a new commissioner. Hank helped keep the cost of power down, and he provided conservative management. He played a big role in that.”

City Council Liaison Jack Edmonds suggested giving Findell a final send-off, even though Findell wasn’t in attendance at the PUC meeting.

“I know he can’t probably hear it, but I’d like to suggest we give him a round of applause,” Edmonds said.

He, Siercks, Erickson, and the PUC staff who were present in the room did exactly that.

Those who are interested in the open PUC position should contact City Hall for an application or email Jenkins at sjenkins@princetonmn.org.

The application is on the city website at www.princetonmn.org. and is available at Princeton City Hall, 705 Second St. N.

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