Commissioner McClure has served on the Board of Commissioners since 2008 and is the Commission President for 2019.
Jeff has practiced architecture since 1983 and is a founding partner of a 15 member architectural firm, responsible for numerous projects including community centers, corporate offices, restaurants and resorts. Jeff has been actively involved in community affairs to revitalize downtown Bellingham and has led the design effort for several master planning projects.
With his solid business background experience and ability to navigate the intricacies of complex issues, Jeff wanted to be able to contribute to the growing needs of Whatcom County and the PUD#1 by running for Commissioner. Jeff believes the key to maintaining a successful utility is the stability of the system which requires planning and analysis. Commissioner McClure and his family reside in Bellingham. (Term expires Dec. 31, 2020.)
Commissioner Deshmane was elected to serve as Commissioner, beginning January 1, 2019, and is the Commission Secretary for 2019.
As a Public Utility Commissioner and business leader, Atul hopes to create opportunities for sustainable energy and to encourage and support water conservation to meet the needs of residents, farms, fish and local businesses. Commissioner Deshmane resides in rural Whatcom County. (Term expires Dec. 31, 2024.)
Michael J. Murphy
Commissioner Murphy was elected in 1998 and currently serves as Commission Vice President for 2019.
Murphy serves on the Washington Public Utility Districts Association’s Board of Directors and Commissioner Murphy is actively involved in the community as a volunteer firefighter and fire commissioner. He is also a member of the board of WhatComm 911 and Ferndale City Parks.
A lifelong Whatcom County resident, Murphy decided to run for Commissioner to be able to share his ideas with people who had the willingness to listen and address the changes of a growing community. As such, the Whatcom PUD #1 Commission continues to meet the electric and water utilities of Whatcom County industries and is involved in environmental and conservation topics surrounding these needs. (Term expires Dec. 31, 2022.)