Schools chief announces surprise retirement |

Schools chief announces surprise retirement

Andrew Cristancho
Sierra Sun

The superintendent of the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District has announced his retirement, not long since returning to work after heart surgery.

On Monday morning, Dennis Williams submitted a letter announcing his retirement at a meeting of the school board.

The sudden announcement came a month and a half after Williams returned from heart surgery.

“After a four-way bypass your perspective changes,” Williams said in a phone interview. “I’m ready to start the next chapter in my life.”

Williams has served as the superintendent of the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District for the past four years, and his retirement would end a 33-year career as an educator. His contract would have expired in June 2008.

Williams said he will spend the next few years traveling, golfing and visiting his grandchildren. He and his wife plan to relocate to the Lake Almanor area where they own property.

School board President Kristy Olk said Williams helped change the direction of the district and was a strong leader.

The school board agreed to appoint Jo Lynn Wilson, the district’s superintendent of personnel, to William’s post effective immediately. Wilson previously filled the position earlier this year while the superintendent was recuperating from heart surgery.

Olk said that the district will employ a recruitment firm to find a permanent superintendent ” a process that could take three months. The cost of looking for a replacement could be offset by salary savings after Williams retires. Olk assured Wilson that she will receive extra support during the interim period.