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Holzmeister declines to alter resignation plans

Patrick McCartney
Sierra Sun

The air went out of a special meeting Friday of the Truckee Donner Public Utility District board of directors, when General Manager Peter Holzmeister declined to attend and discuss his announced resignation.

Holzmeister informed the directors in a letter Tuesday of his plan to retire on Aug. 16, and remain on the payroll until his accrued vacation time runs out on Dec. 1.

Before going into closed session on Friday, board Vice President Pat Sutton said the directors had asked Holzmeister to consider staying on until the end of the year, but Holzmeister replied with a memorandum restating his intention to leave in August.

“I have thought about these options and must decline to entertain either,” Holzmeister wrote.

He added that he would not attend the meeting because he had planned to be out of town.

In the public comment portion of the meeting, ratepayers sparred with the directors, a few blaming the resignation on a lack of civility and the divisiveness of the battle over a proposed coal-power contract that was ultimately rejected.

Before adjourning, the board agreed to address the issue of hiring a new general manager at the board’s regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday.