Longtime Tacoma Public Utilities Director Bill Gaines will retire effective December 2017, with the Public Utility Board beginning its process to select a successor.

Gaines has served as TPU’s chief executive officer for the past decade after previously serving in senior executive roles at Seattle City Light and Puget Sound Energy. Gaines will continue to lead TPU until December.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my work with the capable and dedicated men and women at TPU, with TPU’s key customers and stakeholders, and with my regional and national utility industry colleagues,” Gaines said. “As TPU’s environment continues to evolve, it will be important to maintain focus on TPU’s specific mission and its customers, to manage and operate in a manner that is cost conscious and consistent with established law and policy, and to preserve the Public Utility Board’s ratepayer focused governance role.”

During Gaines’ tenure, TPU accomplished many milestones, including completion of the federal relicensing of its several hydroelectric projects, construction of a $200 million water filtration plant on the Green River and entering into a long-term rail operating agreement with the Port of Tacoma.

”Tacoma Public Utilities has flourished under the leadership of Director Gaines,” said Public Utility Board Chair Monique Trudnowski. “Our organization is nationally recognized for financial stability, leadership and management strength, and far-sighted planning and policymaking. Director Gaines has fostered an environment of excellence and collaboration within TPU that has directly benefitted all ratepayers. I am saddened to lose such a great leader.”