Here’s the press release from TPU:
Attorney Mark Patterson joins Tacoma Public Utility Board
Mark Patterson, a lifelong Tacoma resident, will serve a five-year term as the newest member of the Tacoma Public Utility Board. The Tacoma City Council appointed Patterson to the board at its July 10 meeting. He will attend his first meeting as a board member at 6:30 p.m. today.
Patterson is an attorney and shareholder with the law firm Vandeberg, Johnson & Gandara, with an emphasis on business law. His areas of focus include corporate and partnership issues, taxation and securities law, mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions, real property law and business succession planning.
“I work cooperatively with people holding various, and sometimes adversary positions, to make mutual decisions and agreements that consider and respect all opinions,” Patterson said. “I believe this, along with my problem-solving skills, will benefit the Public Utility Board and the customers of Tacoma Public Utilities.”
Patterson also serves on the board of directors of Franke Tobey Jones and on committees of Associated Ministries of Tacoma/Pierce County and the Washington State Bar Association.
The Public Utility Board is the governing body for Tacoma Public Utilities, which consists of Tacoma Power, Tacoma Water and Tacoma Rail. Tacoma Public Utilities serves 200,000 customers in the Tacoma-Pierce County area.
The City Council appoints the five members, who serve five-year terms without pay. The Board meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Public Utilities Administration Building, South 35th Street and Union Avenue. Meetings are open to the public and public comments are accepted. Meetings are broadcast live on TV Tacoma channel 12.