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North Tahoe PUD search down to five unknown finalists

Margaret Moran
mmoran@sierrasun.com

KINGS BEACH, Calif. — Five unknown candidates are in the running for the open general manager position with the North Tahoe Public Utility District.

During a special Feb. 5 meeting, the NTPUD board of directors chose six candidates — one of whom has since withdrawn — to move forward with finalist interviews, said Pam Emmerich, district technology and public information administrator.

Interviews will be conducted by the PUD board this month in closed session as part of a special board meeting, she said.

An agenda will be released 24 hours prior to the meeting, as required by the Brown Act, Emmerich said.

When asked why the PUD is not revealing names of the finalists, she cited California state law, while adding: "We accepted the applications with an understanding of privacy. The candidates are not currently public employees, and we are protecting their privacy so as not to jeopardize their current positions."

Additionally, the district's general manager/CEO recruitment brochure states: "This recruitment will be handled in the strictest confidence, and no contact will be made with employers or references until permission is granted by the applicant."

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The district received more than 150 resumés for the position by the Jan. 20 filing deadline, Emmerich said.

An ad hoc committee — on which board vice president John Bergmann and director Phil Thompson are sole members — reviewed applications and prepared a list of 12 candidates for full board review at last week's meeting, she said.

The board's goal is to hire a new leader by March 1, according to previous reports. A new district GM will be named if/when the selected candidate accepts the position, Emmerich said.

In the meantime, CFO Larry Marple continues to serve as interim general manager.

The board's decision to recruit a new general manager was announced last November, with directors citing a desire for leader who will more frequently engage the community.

The new GM will replace Paul Schultz, who held the position at the time of the Nov. 26, 2014, announcement.

In January, the board appointed Schultz to the position of assistant general manager, which ended his contract as GM.

The board met for its regular meeting Tuesday afternoon in Kings Beach and was scheduled to discuss both the GM and assistant GM positions in closed session.

Visit ntpud.org to learn more about the district.