May 24, 2023
Customers in the affected area have been notified by mail. Read more
PUD 3 has a board of elected commissioners to be the policy-makers for the utility.
A three-member commission is responsible for operating Mason PUD 3.
Their job includes setting policies for running PUD 3, adopting a budget each year, and determining rates and charges for services.
The commissioners meet twice each month at the Johns Prairie operations center in Shelton. The meetings usually start at 10:00 a.m. and the full schedule is available here.
Each of the PUD commission districts have about the same number of voters. A commissioner is elected from each of the three districts every two years to serve a six-year term.
Juli Tuson was elected in 2023. She grew up in Mason County and spent over 25 years in purchasing for Simpson and Olympic Panel Products. She is currently the Procurement Manager at WestRock, formerly owned by Simpson. Juli and her husband, Mark, live on the property Mark grew up on. They have one daughter, Nicole. Her district includes the southeastern section of Mason County. Juli is the current Secretary of the board.
Tom Farmer was elected in 2008. His district includes the northeastern area of Mason County. Tom is the current President of the board. He was a successful oysterman for 34 years and sold his business to retire and be a full time commissioner. He and his wife Jean, together have 6 grandchildren, 4 boys and 2 girls, along with three grown kids, Allen, Caren and Nathan.
Jeff McHargue was appointed by the commission in 2022 to fulfill the unexpired term of retired commissioner Bruce Jorgenson. Jeff is the current Vice President of the board for PUD3. His district includes the western portion of Mason County. Jeff is a lifelong Shelton and Mason County resident and has been a successful insurance agent in Shelton and Mason County for the last 38 years. Jeff has 2 grown daughters that live here in Mason County, Nicole and Alexis and one granddaughter.