Lora Petso appointed to state public works board

Longtime Olympic View Water and Sewer District Commissioner and former Edmonds City Councilmember Lora Petso is one of two people who have been appointed to Washington state’s Public Works Board.

Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Petso and Lake Whatcom Water & Sewer District General Manager Justin Clary to the board for four-year terms.

Members of the Public Works Board are responsible for overseeing and operating the Public Works Assistance Account (PWAA)—a revolving loan program that offers low-interest financing for infrastructure projects to local cities, counties and special purpose utility districts.

Petso has served as a commissioner at Olympic View Water and Sewer District since being elected in 1995, and also served on the Edmonds City Council. She is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law, and a member of the Washington State Bar Association. “I am very pleased to accept this opportunity to serve,” she said.

Clary is a licensed professional civil engineer who has served in management roles in city government, special purpose district government, and in the private sector supporting local governments.

Since its founding in 1985, the PWAA has funded over 1,900 infrastructure projects encompassing drinking water, stormwater, wastewater, solid waste and recycling, bridges, roads and streets, broadband, and related utilities, representing more than 30,000 construction jobs, nearly $3 billion dollars in infrastructure investment, and over $5.5 billion in additional economic activity.


  1. Lora’s many skills will be a great asset to the state Public Works Board. We all are fortunate that she is willing to give her time to public service.

  2. Wonderful, so glad she was chosen.
    Lora is a hard worker and really cares about the public good. Best wishes Lora !!!

  3. Congratulations Lora.

    Your skills and experience on the Olympic View Water and Sewer District make you exceptionally well qualified for this appointment. I know you will do a great job. Thank you

  4. Thanks all! I admit this is really interesting. Also thanks to Justin for all the work he is doing,

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