Former Bonneville Power Administration head Bill Drummond will take over as deputy executive director for the Colorado-based utility Mid-West Electric Consumers Association, effective March 1.
Drummond was named head of BPA in January 2013, after which he and chief operating officer Anita Decker were placed on administrative leave on July 15 shortly before the release of an investigation of BPA by the Department of Energy’s Office of the Inspector General.
Per the document, titled “Review of Allegations Regarding Prohibited Personnel Practices at the Bonneville Power Administration“, BPA under Drummond allegedly ignored approved hiring practices — particularly with regard to veterans — while also failing to address a “culture of intimidation and mistrust”.
DOE gave both Drummond and Decker each 60 days to respond to offers for “directed reassignments” to Washington, D.C., in October, though both declined.
The decision opened the door for Drummond to return to the private sector after having managed the Western Montana Electric Generating and Transmission Cooperative in Missoula, Mont., prior to his time at BPA.
Drummond succeeds Thomas Graves as executive director at Mid-West, pending Graves’ retirement later this year.