|September 4, 2014
Ralph Goode retiring from Mission Valley Power
By Adriana Fehrs
After forty years, Ralph Goode (R), Mission Valley Power General Manager, is retiring. “I’m excited, I’m ready to go,” says Goode. September 11 will be his last working day at MVP. Jean ‘Jon’ Matt (L), of Polson, will be taking his place. Matt says, “I am anxious to fill his shoes, but there are lots of great people here to help me learn, and it’s been very advantageous to share information with Ralph.” (Adriana Fehrs photo)
PABLO — All good things must come to an end, and for Ralph Goode, Mission Valley Power (MVP) General Manager, that time is now.
After forty years, Goode is retiring. “I’m excited, I’m ready to go,” says Goode. September 11 will be his last working day at MVP.
In his career highlights, he says he’s seen the tribes take back control of tribal lands during his time in the Tribal Forestry Department. “ Seeing CSKT take over operations of lands was really important. Whatever we did, we were always managing for the long term.” While at his time at MVP, Goode says he was proud to be a part of a utility that continues to provide reliable power at a low cost. Another important feat he managed at MVP was a dedication to safety. “Safety is our number one concern, for both our workers and customers.” Under Goode’s command, no workers sustained job-ending injuries.
Goode says he’s grateful for his time at MVP, “I just want to thank all of the staff and customers, they’re the ones that make to company go.”
For the future, Goode plans on traveling the Northeast section of the U.S. with his wife in his RV, and is looking forward to spending time with his grandchildren.
The transition to a new General Manager is in place and he’s ready to go. Jean “Jon” Matt, 38, of Polson, accepted the position at MVP and began training on July 28.
Matt, a lifelong resident of St. Ignatius and tribal member, graduated from the University of Montana in 2003 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Forest Resource Management. For the last eleven years Matt has served as Manager of CSKT Forest Development Program. In his 18 years of experience, he has dealt with biomass production, communications, government-to-government relations and human resource development. Matt is married to Margaret Matt, and they have four children: Chloe, 11, Emily, 9, Sophia, 7, and Audrey, 5.
Out of the nine candidates competing for the General Manager position Matt was selected by the Tribal Council and the MVP Utility Board. “I think they utility board and tribal council made a good decision,” says Goode.
Matt says he’s excited about his career at MVP, “I’m excited about keeping things going on the right track. I don’t have any goals right now, I just want to contribute to the team in a positive way.”