Steven Platt of Pilot Rock has been appointed to fill an unexpired term on the Umatilla Electric Cooperative Board of Directors.
Platt will represent UEC’s District 6, an area east and southeast of Pendleton that also includes the upper Umatilla River, Weston Mountain and Meacham areas, and a small portion of northwest Union County.
“I’m honored to be chosen for the Board and look forward to representing the members of District 6,” he said.
UEC’s Board of Directors selected Platt from a field of candidates who applied for the opening. Platt was a candidate for the District 6 seat in April against RoseEtta Ansotegui, who was re-elected to a fifth term. Ansotegui stepped down effective July 15 due to family issues.
Platt is a third-generation rancher who has owned and operated a commercial cattle operation for 30 years with his wife and son. He is active in the community and has served as the Umatilla County Cattlemen’s Association treasurer.
He earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Production Agriculture from Blue Mountain Community College (BMCC). His educational experience at BMCC led to full-time employment at the college.
Through the years, his career progressed from a lab technician at the agriculture complex to groundskeeping and maintenance and then facilities management. He worked at BMCC for 30 years, spending the last 23 as the facilities manager.