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Truckee PUD seeks interim GM

Andrew CristanchoSierra Sun

Last week Truckees public utility board agreed to continue searching for an interim manager until finding a permanent replacement for its long-time general manager.When Peter Holzmeister announced in April that he intended to retire on Aug. 16 after 23 years with the Tahoe Donner Public Utility District, it was clear that time was short to find a successor.At last weeks meeting, directors considered two retired individuals from outside the area for the interim position, along with a local resident with management experience.Eldon Cotton, who has experience as an assistant general manager with Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, and John Ulrich, who served as the director of utilities for the city of Palo Alto, are the retirees being considered.Dan Warren, a local with experience in management at Northstar, has also thrown his hat in the ring.Given Warrens interest and the fact that some directors had not heard of the two retired individuals before Thursdays meeting, directors Bill Thomason and Pat Sutton asked if the district should plumb the talent pool in the Truckee area.Should we advertise locally? Thomason asked.But Director Ron Hemig and the board President Tim Taylor initially disagreed.I think well be doing the public a disservice to pass up these two gentlemen, Taylor said.Hemig worried that stalling would create a leadership vacuum at the district.After some discussion, the directors agreed to advertise in the local paper for an interim general manager with an application deadline of July 17. The utility board will consider Cotton, Ulrich and Warren, along with any new applicants. The board will review all applications during the regular meeting scheduled on Wednesday, July 18. Directors will then convene a special session to choose from the field of applicants at 6 p.m. Monday July 23.