Commissioner Dick Helgeson


Get in touch with Dick.

Dick can be reached at 541-685-7801 or by email. It's important to us you receive a timely response, so your email will be copied to the General Manager's office.

Dick Helgeson serves as commissioner for Wards 2 and 3. Dick was first elected in 2012 to a four-year term, assuming his duties early with the resignation of Commissioner Bob Cassidy in September 2012. He is currently serving as president of the board. 

Commissioner Dick Helgeson presenting a young student with an award.

Dick is a retired utility executive with 32 years prior EWEB experience, having served in various management capacities including Manager of Rates, Water and Steam Division Director and Director of EWEB's Power Resources Division. Through his professional experience, he has gained an in-depth knowledge of utility operations, infrastructure development, conservation and renewable resource acquisition, wholesale power supply, and customer service functions. 

Dick is a strong advocate for public power, consumer-owned utilities and local control. As a board member, Dick values fiscal responsibility, service excellence, environmental stewardship and organizational effectiveness. He is fiscally conservative and socially progressive, seeking to uphold EWEB's financial strength and system reliability while maintaining affordable prices and responsiveness to customer and community needs. 

Dick is also a longtime Eugene resident and active community volunteer. He is currently a member of BRING Recycling's board, and has held similar positions with other local non-profit organizations such as Arts Umbrella/Eugene Youth Symphonies and the Eugene Education Fund. He also served previously on boards of the Public Power Council and Oregon Water Utilities Council.