North Tahoe PUD to hire former fire chief Whitelaw as new leader (updated) |

North Tahoe PUD to hire former fire chief Whitelaw as new leader (updated)

Duane Whitelaw, as seen in 2012 when he was North Tahoe Fire's chief.
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KINGS BEACH, Calif. — The North Tahoe Public Utility District is hiring a familiar face to be its new leader.

During a special Wednesday meeting, the NTPUD board of directors unanimously selected former North Tahoe Fire Protection District Chief Duane Whitelaw for the position of general manager/CEO, said board president Lane Lewis.

“We thought that he was the most qualified and has the best understanding of the community,” he said.

Having lived in the district since 1985, Whitelaw had served as the NTPUD’s parks and recreation director from 1985-91, before becoming NTFPD chief from 1991 to 2012.

From 1985-1991, he also served as a part-time firefighter for North Tahoe Fire.

He’s also served in the volunteer position of Placer County parks commissioner for the Lake Tahoe portion of District 5 since 1996.

“I’m very flattered by the opportunity. I knew there must have been a number of qualified applicants,” Whitelaw said Wednesday. “I’m flattered to be given the opportunity to give back to my community.”

Whitelaw has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in recreation administration from Cal State, Chico, with an emphasis in public administration and planning.

“I believe I can do a good job for the residents, visitors and property owners, and carry on the tradition of the North Tahoe PUD,” he said.

Whitelaw’s start is contingent upon a background check and details being worked out on an employment contract. The board’s hope is he will begin March 1, Lewis said.

He beat out four other finalists for the job. As of Thursday, the finalists’ names were still not being released by the district.

The district received more than 150 resumés for the position.

The decision to recruit a new general manager was announced last November when the board parted ways with former GM Paul Schultz (who is now the PUD’s assistant general manager).

Directors cited a desire for leader who will more frequently engage the community, something Whitelaw said he plans on doing.

“I really look forward to reaching out to other agencies in the region and working collaboratively with local, state and federal representatives,” he said. “I think we all have to work together for the greater good of the area.”

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