Interim Tacoma Power chief named

Tacoma Power veteran manager Gary Armfield will serve as interim Tacoma Power superintendent while a search is conducted for a successor to Steve Klein, who is leaving the Tacoma utility to become general manager at Snohomish County Public Utility District. Mark Crisson, director of Tacoma Public Utilities, made the interim appointment effective April 10.

Armfield has been manager of Tacoma Power’s transmission and distribution activities since 1988. He began his career with Tacoma Public Utilities in 1973 in the former Data Processing Division, where he served eight years as division manager.

Crisson plans to conduct a thorough search for prospective candidates with assistance from Mycoff & Associates, an executive search firm that specializes in the utility industry. He expects the search to begin in mid-April and take four to six months.

“Given the importance of this position, we need to identify the best candidates — from within Tacoma Power and throughout the utility industry — who have the experience and skills to serve Tacoma Power customers and the community,” Crisson said.

He added that a condition of eligibility for the interim position was not competing for the long-term appointment.

Crisson will appoint the new Tacoma Power superintendent with confirmation by the Public Utility Board.