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BPA administrator Bill Drummond resigns; customers, Wyden lobby for Elliot Mainzer as replacement
Bill Drummond has resigned as administrator of the Bonneville Power Administration, bringing one piece of the agency's recent hiring scandal to a controversial resolution and prompting a push for the quick appointment of his successor.
Drummond is a well-respected utility executive in the Northwest, but spent only six months as administrator before being suspended amid allegations that BPA hiring practices were discriminating against veterans and that managers were retaliating against whistleblowers.
Former BPA Administrator Bill Drummond
An investigation by the Department of Energy's
inspector general suggested that Drummond
had a hand in a recruitment that disadvantaged a veteran job applicant, and that he
was aware of disciplinary action taken against a whistleblower after he
was told to suspend all such actions against employees.
did not return The Oregonian's calls for comment.
Many current and former BPA employees and utility industry insiders are convinced Drummond
is getting a raw deal; the victim of mistakes made under his
predecessor, as well as politics within the U.S. Department of Energy
Public utility customer groups supported Drummond
over Mainzer when both were finalists for the administrator's job in late 2012.
Mainzer was appointed acting administrator when Drummond was suspended in July.
A spokeswoman said "Bill Drummond
is no longer an employee at the Department of Energy
reportedly was directly involved in a recruitment where a veteran was disadvantaged after Drummond
decided the applicant was unqualified.
allegedly chose to close a vacancy and reopen it with additional criteria that the veteran could not meet.
Corwin said Drummond
is going to work for the Colorado-based Midwest Electric Consumers Association, an organization that represents customers of the Western Area Power Administration.