|5/15/2013 3:20:00 PM|
Chelan PUD hires new communications director
|Suzanne Hartman and her dog Gus enjoy the great outdoors. Hartman was recently named the Chelan PUD Communications Director.|
Newly hired PUD Communications Director Suzanne Hartman said moving from Washington's west coast to the home of her favorite hiking locations was an opportunity she pounced on the moment she heard an opening existed.
"When this job became available I jumped at the opportunity," Hartman said.
In addition to obtaining a job taylor-made for Hartman's qualifications, her off-work dream destination is now in her back yard.
Hartman said she and her buddy "Gus" who is Hartman's "goofy golden retriever" side kick, hike backpack and mountain climb in area mountains.
"You will find us wandering the mountains most weekends," she said. "And now, I can get out many evenings with the mountains out my back door...Heaven."
Though Hartman lives in Wenatchee, she is very familiar with the Entiat-Chelan-Manson corridor.
"I did quite a bit of car traveling as a kid, and as an adult I went back when my children were smaller," she said. "We visited Holden Village for their Fourth of July celebration, Stehkin and tromped through many miles of the pacific cost trail."
Hartman, who spent many professional years in government and private public relations as well as several years in public utility communication is the right fit to replace PUD Communications Director Steve Lachowicz, who retired in March.
Hartman, who was raised in Tacoma, holds a bachelors in School of Public and International Affairs from George Washington University; a bachelors in biology and chemistry from Western Washington University and a masters in School of Public Affairs at University of Washington, and will make $135,000 annually.
Hartman began her professional career as a Washington D.C. graduate student who worked for former Alaska Congressman Howard Pollock and five additional years for former Washington Senator Warren Magnuson. Her career moved her to Los Angeles for a time, and then to Seattle where owned her own public relations firm, worked as a producer for KOMO and KING television and she last worked for Seattle City Light, the mega-city's utility provider.
One of the things that made her attractive to the PUD was her successful experience working with the Seattle utility to develop a strategic plan, something Hartman said drew considerable praise from peers and customers.
Hartman said she believes her skills will be helpful as the PUD continues to work on its strategic plan.
Michelle Lovato can be reached at 509-682-2213 or by email
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