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News Release
Regional Reaction to John Hairston selection as BPA administrator/CEO - 01/07/21

Regional Reaction to John Hairston’s selection as BPA administrator and CEO

“We appreciate DOE making a timely decision on the BPA administrator selection because there are a lot of important cost reduction and revenue enhancement initiatives in motion and we need that leadership continuity,” said Scott Simms, executive director of the Public Power Council. “We congratulate John Hairston and think now is a good time to review BPA’s engagement on key issues of urgency and importance to the region. We look forward to working with John to ensure BPA’s priorities are aligned with those of Northwest public power and the communities they serve.”

“On behalf of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, we congratulate John Hairston as the new administrator for BPA,” said Kathryn Brigham, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Board of Trustees chair. “We have a strong relationship with Mr. Hairston and look forward to working with him as co-manager of natural resource and in protecting our Treaty Rights in accordance with the Treaty of 1855.”

“On behalf of the Colville Confederated Tribes, I would like to congratulate Mr. Hairston as the new administrator for the Bonneville Power Administration,” said Rodney Cawston, chairman, Colville Confederated Tribes. “The Colville Tribe has a long history working with BPA on policies, operations and decisions regarding the Columbia River. We look forward to working with Mr. Hairston, who brings extensive experience and knowledge to this position. We look forward to a successful journey together.”

"Northwest Requirements Utilities is pleased DOE heeded our calls and selected a highly qualified candidate to fill the BPA Administrator position,” said John Francisco, CEO at NRU. “John Hairston has been attentive to the needs and concerns of Load Following customers in his role as interim Administrator and his continued leadership will be crucial as we work through the many challenges facing BPA and the utilities represented by NRU. We look forward to working closely with John and his staff to chart a sustainable course for the future that continues our decades long mutually beneficial partnership with the Bonneville Power Administration.”

"I am excited to work with John in this new role," said  Lorri Gray, Columbia-Pacific Northwest Regional Director for the Bureau of Reclamation. "He has a wealth of experience and will serve the region well."

“Congratulations to John Hairston on his appointment as the administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration, said Brig. Gen. D. Peter Helmlinger, commander of the Corps of Engineers’ Northwestern Division..  We look forward to our continued partnership with both him and the BPA as we address the region’s fishery and hydropower priorities.”

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