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North Shore utility seeks new general manager

Julie BrownSierra Sun

When General Manager Steve Rogers left the North Tahoe Public Utility District last week to pursue career opportunities in Napa Valley, he left a gaping hole in the utilitys operations.Now, district officials are stepping up to the plate to assume wide-ranging duties that Rogers formerly oversaw.In his stead, Assistant General Manager Lee Schegg and Chief Financial Officer Larry Marple are taking the reins until a recruiting firm hires a new chief executive officer.Until we have been told otherwise, [Schegg] will be assuming most of those general manager duties, Marple said. And to the extent that I can help with my authority, I will be doing that. Obviously, its a big job.Schegg said hes focused on keeping staff on track with board directions and policies through the recruiting and hiring process.The district hired the recruiting firm Peckham & McKenney the same firm that recruited Rogers to seek out potential candidates.With the background that [McKenney] had, and the good job they did last time, we thought wed expedite things by rehiring them, said board Director John Bergmann, who is spearheading the recruitment.Bergmann said the cost of hiring the recruiting firm depends on how fast the headhunter finds suitable candidates, but the district budgeted an amount in the neighborhood of $16,000 for a full search.The district hopes to hire a new general manager with vision, confidence, leadership skills and integrity before the end of the year, Bergmann said. And in the meantime, staff will fill the void.Fortunately, we have a decent management staff, Bergmann said. They know how to do it, they know how to do their jobs.Bergmann said he does not anticipate problems in the short run because of the absence of a general manager, despite next weeks public hearing on proposed sewer and water rate increases.