North Tahoe PUD leader fired 2 days before Thanksgiving
KINGS BEACH, Calif. — Details aren’t clear as to why the leader of the North Tahoe Public Utility District was fired this week.
The district issued a statement at 2:35 p.m. Wednesday, announcing the move by saying the NTPUD is recruiting a new general manager.
According to the statement, “action was taken” by the board during a special board meeting Tuesday.
The public announcement came after the board met in closed session that morning to review General Manager/CEO Paul Schultz’s performance.
CFO Larry Marple will serve as interim general manager, according to the district.
When reached by phone Wednesday, Pam Emmerich, NTPUD technology and public information administrator, said the board unanimously voted to look for a new general manager, but no action was taken on Schultz’s contract at the meeting.
A personnel committee meeting open to the public will take place 2 p.m. Dec. 2 at the North Tahoe Event Center. The committee — which NTPUD directors Tim Ferrell and Phil Thompson sit on — will discuss agenda items for the board’s Dec. 11 regular meeting.
It’s at that meeting the board is expected to discuss the recruitment process, according to Wednesday’s announcement from the district.
“What we’re trying to do is go in a little different direction,” Thompson said when reached by phone Wednesday and asked what led to the board’s decision. “We’d like to get the community more involved in our utility district, including other boards.”
Schultz has agreed to help the district through the transition, Thompson said.
When asked when Schultz’s termination goes into effect, Thompson said that’s not well defined at this point.
Additional details were unknown Wednesday due to NTPUD staff and board members being unavailable because of the Thanksgiving holiday.
“The board looks forward to a recruitment process that will enhance the district’s community outreach, constituent confidence and public participation,” NTPUD board president Lane Lewis said in a statement. “We have full confidence in our staff to handle all aspects of the district’s operations during this transition.
“The board thanks Paul Schultz for his dedicated service and professionalism while working for the district over the last five years. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
Schultz was hired as manager of planning and engineering by then-NTPUD General Manager Curtis Aaron in April 2010.
He was appointed by the NTPUD board of directors to the position of general manager in April 2011.
His current base salary is $162,357.