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PSE honors Norm McLaughlin

A plaque hangs on a light post outside the Harborside Condominiums thanking Norman McLoughlin for his work in the community. - Photo by Jesse Beals
A plaque hangs on a light post outside the Harborside Condominiums thanking Norman McLoughlin for his work in the community.
— image credit: Photo by Jesse Beals

Some things are worth the wait, and when the gas lamp on the waterfront side of the Harborside Condominiums was unveiled on Oct. 5, the wait finally ended for both Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority executive director Norm McLaughlin and Puget Sound Energy.

McLaughlin received PSE’s Pioneer Award in 2005, but it took two years before a suitable location could be found, explained PSE senior vice president of corporate affairs Phil Bussey.

“Some times it takes a long time to find the right place and we have that now,” Bussey said as a crowd gathered in front of the condos.

PSE doesn’t make the selection, but it relies on a group of community leaders to help it find the right person for the prestigious award, he said.

“We look for people who get things done and want to make a difference,” Bussey said. “Norm is exactly the right person.”

Although U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks was unable to attend the event, because “they do have to be there for votes,” his assistant Clark Mathers read a letter from Dicks to McLaughlin.

“I think all of us are here today, because Norm McLaughlin is one of those leaders,” the letter read.

Mayor Cary Bozeman told the crowd that McLaughlin is one of those people who is unafraid to take risks.

“We have people who take professional risks on behalf of the community,” Bozeman said. “Norm is one of those people who has a strong passion to get things done.”

During the past six and a half years, Bozeman said he has enjoyed working with McLaughlin to get things done to bring life back to the city, which was in a pronounced state of decay.

“I think people really like Norm,” Bozeman said.

For his part, McLaughlin said he was excited to be honored by PSE, but was quick to credit the KCCHA staff for its role in his receipt of the award.

“We have a lot of great people,” he said. “None of this could happen without the great staff of the KCCHA.”

While much has been accomplished by the housing authority during his tenure, McLaughlin said there is more work yet to be done.

“I can’t think of anything I’d rather be doing than that,” McLaughlin said.

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