Bonneville Power Administration administrator Steve Wright retired after 32 years.
There have been plenty of both during his 12 years as administrator.
That tenure, the second longest for an administrator in BPA's 75-year history, is a feat in its own right. Serving as the key mediator in an ongoing, public tug-of-war between an extraordinary number of opposing interest groups burns out most administrators in four or five years. It's even more impressive given Wright's timing.
He took over on the cusp of the West Coast energy crisis. He held on through three presidents, a rotating cast of bosses at the U.S. Department of Energy, and a host of decisions on big picture, controversial issues -- some that had festered for years.
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