Akridge retires from Southern Company; Allison appointed hydro general manager

Mike Akridge retired from Southern Company after a 34-year career. He most recently served as hydro general manager. During his career with Southern Company, Akridge was involved in a wide variety of activities, including power supply and generation, plant siting, environmental affairs, and hydro licensing.

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Akridge is a former National Hydropower Association (NHA) president. In 2007, he was the recipient of NHA’s Dr. Kenneth Henwood Award, an honor bestowed annually on a member of the hydro community for service and leadership.

In September 2008, Akridge and his wife traveled to Thailand to teach English to schoolchildren.

Gene Allison, who has also been with Southern Company for 34 years, was appointed hydro general manager. He previously served as hydro services manager, responsible for hydro licensing, relicensing, and license compliance; reservoir management; dam safety; and technical support for plant upgrades.

Rudolph retires from Xcel Energy; Steines is successor

Richard Rudolph retired from Xcel Energy after 21 years as an engineer in the company’s hydro department. His duties were primarily related to civil and dam safety issues at Xcel’s 26 hydro projects in Wisconsin and Minnesota. This work included providing technical support and supervision of civil construction crews; project management of engineering consultants and contractors; quality control and inspection; and working with and responding to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and state regulators.

Before joining Xcel, Rudolph worked with Ayres Associates for 16 years as a consulting engineer for water resources projects.

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Rudolph plans to provide engineering consulting services. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ gates committee and serves on the Association of State Dam Safety Officials’ (ASDSO) peer review committee.

Dean Steines succeeds Rudolph at Xcel. Steines worked for Ayres Associates for 19 years, most recently as manager of water resources engineering. Steines is a member of ASDSO and the Society of American Military Engineers.

Chris Goodwin, who worked at Ayres Associates from 1990 through 2004, returned this year to take Steines’ position.

Farrell takes command of Corps of Engineers’ Walla Walla District

Lt. Col. Michael J. Farrell is the new commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Walla Walla District. He previously served as deputy commander of the Corps’ Europe District in Weisbaden, Germany.

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The previous commander was Lt. Col. Anthony J. Hofmann, who left the district job to begin a new assignment with U.S. Army Personnel Command in Washington, D.C.

The Walla Walla District manages environmental, hydroelectric, navigation, engineering, construction, emergency management, and recreation services within a 107,000-square-mile area that includes parts of six states. The district operates and maintains six hydropower facilities and infrastructure totaling $2.5 billion.

Bureau of Reclamation announces new regional, area appointments

The Bureau of Reclamation announces the appointment of a number of new officials.


Donald Glaser was named director of the Mid-Pacific Region, in Sacramento, Calif. He replaced Kirk Rodgers, who retired.

Glaser is a 20-year employee of Reclamation and has held several positions throughout the West and in Washington, D.C. Those positions included the jobs of assistant commissioner for resources management, and deputy commissioner.

Glaser spent the past seven years managing nonprofits engaged in water education, open space preservation, and fish and wildlife conservation and restoration. Prior to that, he was a water resource consultant, executive director for the Presidential Commission on Western Water Policy, and state director for the Bureau of Land Management in Colorado.


Pablo Arroyave is the new assistant regional director for technical services for Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region.

In his new job, Arroyave assists the regional director in the management of water projects in the northern two-thirds of California, most of western Nevada, and part of southern Oregon.

Arroyave also serves on the director’s management team, supervising technical offices and programs, leading studies and investigations, serving on policy-setting committees, and representing the director at meetings, conferences, and public appearances.

Arroyave previously served as area manager of the Mid-Pacific Region’s Klamath Basin Area Office in Klamath Falls, Ore. He also served as deputy area manager for the region’s Lahontan Basin Area Office in Carson City, Nev., and as a regional liaison in Washington D.C.


Reclamation named Tim Personius deputy regional director for its Pacific Northwest Region.

Personius replaces Karl Wirkus, who accepted a position as deputy commissioner of operations in Washington, D.C.

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Personius previously served as a special assistant in the regional office, managing long-standing and contentious water project issues in the region, helping resolve water delivery, endangered species, and Indian water rights conflicts.

Personius joined Reclamation’s Pacific Northwest Region in 1998, as the land resources officer for the Ephrata Field Office in Ephrata, Wash. He also served as program coordinator in Resource and Technical Services, Boise, Idaho, and as Pacific Northwest Regional Liaison Officer in Washington, D.C.


Reclamation named Ken Rice, a 26-year employee, its new area manager for the Lower Colorado Dams Office (LCDO).

That office manages, operates, and maintains the 2,079-MW Hoover, 251-MW Davis, and 120-MW Parker projects on the lower Colorado River. The power plants generate, on average, about 6 billion kilowatt-hours of power annually for use in Arizona, Nevada, and California.

As area manager, Rice plans, directs, monitors, and evaluates LCDO projects and programs, such as completion of annual operations and maintenance programs.

Rice previously managed Reclamation’s 1,312-MW Glen Canyon Dam, on the Colorado River in Page, Ariz. He began his Reclamation career in 1981, as an apprentice operator.

Former FERC Chair Hoecker joins Husch Blackwell Sanders

Former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chair James J. Hoecker has joined Husch Blackwell Sanders LLC in the law firm’s Washington, D.C., office. He is senior counsel.

Hoecker served as chair of FERC from 1997-2001 and later went into private practice.

In addition to hiring Hoecker, Husch Blackwell Sanders also announced it has entered into a new strategic alliance with Hoecker Energy Law & Policy PLLC (HELP).

Hoecker founded HELP, which will continue to represent certain electric transmission firms, to assist energy providers, customers, and public-policy makers with economic regulatory, environmental, and climate change policy issues.

Husch Blackwell Sanders, a litigation and business services law firm, employs about 675 attorneys.

Lufkin Industries names Glick CEO

Jay Glick is the new chief executive officer (CEO) of Lufkin Industries Inc., of Lukin, Texas.

Glick succeeds Douglas Smith, who retired from the company but retains the position of chairman of its board of directors.

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Glick joined Lufkin Industries in 1994, and served in several jobs, most recently as its president, a position he continues to hold. The board elected Glick to the CEO position.

Lufkin Industries sells and provides services such as making foundry castings and equipment such as gears to the hydroelectric industry.

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