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Water group confirms its new executive committee


In December, the Columbia Basin Development League’s Board of Trustees voted on recommendations from the League’s nominating committee, confirming a slate of trustees to serve on the 2017 executive committee. Kevin Lyle, Othello, who previously served as vice chair will take over leadership as the league chair, following two years of exemplary service from Orman Johnson, Connell. Lyle is the president of Windy Prairie, Inc. in Othello.

Other executive committee members taking on new roles include Jeff Schibel and Clark Kagele. Schibel, a fourth-generation farmer from Odessa, previously served as secretary and is taking on the role of vice chair. Kagele, a fifth-generation farmer from Odessa, will fill the role of secretary.

Executive committee members from 2016 Jake Wollman Jr., Matt Hawley and Dale Pomeroy will serve another term, with Wollman, Jr. as treasurer and Hawley and Pomeroy as at-large members.

Shawn O’Brien, an engineer from Moses Lake, and Mark Stedman, a retired teacher and administrator and current Lincoln County commissioner, Lincoln City, are new to the executive committee as at-large members.

The executive committee, along with the board, stakeholders, irrigation districts, and others work together to support the Columbia Basin Project and its future development. They protect the Project’s water rights and educate the public about the renewable resource and multiple-purpose benefits of the Project, including the $4 billion of cumulative economic activity generated annually by the Project.

The following is the full roster for the League’s 2017 executive committee. Terms begin January 1.

Kevin Lyle

Othello, Chairman

Jeff Schibel

Odessa, Vice Chair

Clark Kagele

Odessa, Secretary

Jake Wollman, Jr.

Warden, Treasurer

Shawn O’Brien

Moses Lake, At-Large Executive Committee Member

Matt Hawley

Pasco, At-Large Executive Committee Member

Mark Stedman

Lincoln City, At-Large Executive Committee Member

Dale Pomeroy

Warden, At-Large Executive Committee Member


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