Astorian receives top BPA honor

Submitted photo Bonneville Power Administration's Administrator Elliot Mainzer, left, presented James West, an operational analyst with the agency's workplace services team and a graduate of Astoria High School, with the Administrator's Award for Special Service earlier this month.

PORTLAND — Hydropower agency Bonneville Power Administration presented Astoria High School alumnus James West with the Administrator’s Award for Special Service, one of the agency’s highest honors, earlier this month.

The annual Administrator’s Excellence Awards Program honors employees and members of the public whose innovation, initiative, superior service or courageous acts have made exceptional contributions to Bonneville’s mission, the electric utility industry or the local community.

James, a 2001 graduate from Astoria who studied electrical engineering at Oregon State University, is an operational analyst with Bonneville’s workplace services team. In a release on the award, the agency said West is highly regarded for consistently challenging the status quo and striving to improve programs and processes at Bonneville’s headquarters.

“He is known for readily offering his technical expertise to help anyone in need,” the release said. “Whether it’s designing a more effective user-friendly website or overhauling conference room scheduling, West is recognized as a major contributor to BPA operational excellence.”

Bonneville Administrator Elliot Mainzer presented the awards to West and other employees.

“These individuals represent excellence in everything they do,” Mainzer said in the release. “No matter their corner of the organization or their specific job, they all do their work in the context of a bigger picture and greater cause. They’ve truly made a difference through their tremendous contributions to BPA’s public-service mission.”