Civilla named to Kitsap PUD post
PORT ORCHARD, Jan 02, 2013 (Kitsap Sun - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Jim Civilla, an owner of Westbay Auto Parts who has been active in the South Kitsap community, has been appointed commissioner for Kitsap Public Utility District.
Civilla, 58, will take over forLee Caldwell, who served as PUD commissioner from South Kitsap for 28 years before retiring at the end of the year. Civilla will stand for election in November to complete Caldwell's term, which ends in January 2015.
The PUD, operated by a three-member commission, manages water resources in Kitsap County, owns and operates local water systems and oversees a regional fiber-optics telecommunications network.
Civilla, a CPA, serves on the Harrison Medical Center board of directors. He previously served as president of the South Kitsap Rotary Club. He also has been involved in local schools, serving on a citizens budget committee and heading a successful South Kitsap school levy campaign.
As chairman of the South Kitsap Fire and Rescue Budget Committee, he led a task force looking into fire district consolidation. He also served on an advisory committee for Kitsap Regional Library.
PUD commissioners John Armstrong and Lloyd Berg named Civilla as the third PUD commissioner with advice from a four-member selection committee. Civilla was chosen from six applicants for the post.
"Jim Civilla is the best choice of all the applicants due to his community involvement, his pledge to ask the tough questions, his commitment to wise use of our natural resources and public funds and his keen interest in the PUD's telecommunications network," Armstrong said in a prepared statement.
"We were also fortunate that we had so many great applicants to choose from," he added. "It is rewarding to know that well qualified and experienced individuals are prepared to participate in our community."
Civilla said he enjoys public service and became aware of the PUD's powerful fiber-optics network as a result of work on the board at Harrison Medical Center, which uses the service. He said he hopes to find ways to improve the use of the network, which provides high-speed Internet and intranet connections.
As one of two owners of Westbay Auto Parts, Civilla manages the finances for a Corp. with 12 retail stores and 160 employees. He lives outside Port Orchard with his wife Retha and has two grown children and two grandchildren.
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