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North Tahoe PUD not going with search firm for new GM

Margaret Moran
mmoran@sierrasun.com

TAHOE VISTA, Calif. — Any action on Paul Schultz’s contract with North Tahoe Public Utility District has been delayed to next week.

Originally, at a Tuesday personnel committee meeting, Schultz’s general manager/CEO contract was anticipated to be terminated.

A new one was expected to be created, allowing Schultz to work for the district, as directed, on special projects until May 14, 2015.

Instead, that matter is tabled until the Thursday, Dec. 11 PUD board of directors meeting, based on legal counsel recommendation, said director Tim Ferrell, who sits on the personnel committee.

Contracts and related amendments need approval of the full board, according to the district.

The matter will be discussed in closed session since it involves contract negotiations. Any action taken in closed session will be reported in open session.

In the meantime, Schultz remains the district’s leader until his contract is terminated, at which time CFO Larry Marple will serve as interim GM, Ferrell said.

The personnel committee will lead recruitment for a new general manager, according to the PUD.

Qualifications and traits sought include a public outreach background and experience with both parks and recreation and local government.

Community suggestions are being taken and should be sent to ntpud@ntpud.org.

Applicants who are invested in the community and reside locally will be given “a little more preference,” Ferrell said.

Recruitment will be focused in the Northern California/Northern Nevada region, according to the district.

At this time, the personnel committee is not considering hiring a search firm, according to the PUD.

“The committee looks forward to a recruitment process that will find a general manager to be engaged and involved in the North Tahoe Public Utility District and the region for the long term,” Ferrell said in a statement.

The district hopes to announce a new general manager in either February or March 2015, according to a previous report.

The PUD board announced its search for a new GM on Nov. 26. A day earlier, the board chose to fire Schultz, who was appointed to the position on April 2011.

When asked why such action was taken, board members have previously said that a district leader more involved with the community is desired.

Visit ntpud.org for information about the district or the Dec. 11 board meeting.