North Tahoe PUD names interim GM; current leader on paid vacation
KINGS BEACH, Calif. — Exact qualifications and level of administrative experience sought in a new North Tahoe Public Utility District general manager are still being determined.
“Do you want somebody that (has) that wastewater treatment experience and the engineering, or do you want more of an administrative person in that position?” NTPUD board president Lane Lewis asked at Thursday’s board meeting.
Director Phil Thompson said the board discussed looking for someone who’s more public-oriented who may not have a strong engineering background.
Meanwhile, board vice president John Bergmann said a new leader needs to have enough knowledge of district operations to “see through the smoke.”
“You really don’t know who you want,” Kings Beach resident Joe Huelle told the board. “… How are you going to hire someone (if) you don’t know it?”
Qualities agreed upon include outstanding communication and listening skills; good public relations — in terms of being politically savvy and maintaining cooperative working relationships among the county, state, surrounding counties, and other governmental and regional agencies; and providing open, responsive and customer-oriented service to the community.
In order to meet a tentative resume deadline of Jan. 20, 2015, with a 30-day recruitment period, staff is working on a formal job announcement this week, said Sandra Lazzareschi, HR/risk manager for NTPUD.
Preliminary candidate interviews are tentatively scheduled to start the week of Feb. 3, she said.
As of Monday, the PUD does not have the general manager job listed as an opening on its website at ntpud.org/jobs. Once the job advertisement is completed, it will be posted on the district’s website and run in local and industry publications.
According to previous reports, the district hopes to announce a new general manager in either February or March.
In the meantime, CFO Larry Marple is serving as interim GM.
Since he is working out of classification, the board decided he will receive a 5 percent increase to his $140,498 annual salary, for a total of $147,522.90. This is less than former district general manager/CEO Paul Schultz’s base salary of $162,357.
Similar to Schultz, Marple will receive a $50 monthly cellphone allowance and a $450 per-month auto allowance for use of a personal vehicle, in lieu of a district vehicle or mileage reimbursement plan.
Meanwhile, Schultz — who the board voted to fire on Nov. 25 — is still general manager of PUD. While his GM contract has not been terminated by the board, he currently is on paid vacation, said director Tim Ferrell.
Schultz’s unused accrued vacation time should run out close to the NTPUD’s scheduled January board meeting, Ferrell said.
It’s anticipated at that meeting the board will terminate Schultz’s contract and create a new one, in which he will work for the district, as directed, on special projects until May 14, 2015, he said.
No contract actions were taken by the board during closed session at Thursday’s meeting, based on a request by Schultz to review his potential new contract, Ferrell said.