Truckee utility district staff recommends extension, raise for GM Michael Holley |

Truckee utility district staff recommends extension, raise for GM Michael Holley

Greyson Howard
Sierra Sun

Sun File PhotoTruckee Donner Public Utility District General Manager Michael Holley

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Truckee Donner Public Utility District General Manager Michael Holley’s contract is up, and a new one could come with a sizable raise.

The district’s board meets Wednesday night, and the agenda includes a recommendation from staff to extend Holley’s employment agreement, which expires on December 3, to a new five-year contract that would come with a roughly $11,000 raise, from $188,100 to $199,386.

and#8220;There have been vigorous discussions about how to do this, but at the end of the day the board decided there should be a link between performance and compensation,and#8221; said Steven Poncelet, public information and conservation manager for the district. and#8220;Under his leadership the district has performed exemplarily when you look at rates, renewable energy, conservation and safety.and#8221;

Holley was in meetings all day Tuesday in Sacramento and could not be reached for comment.

Truckee resident Mitch Clarin questioned the raise in light of the current down economy.

and#8220;It’s not that he doesn’t deserve a raise, it just doesn’t seem like the right time and#8212; it’s not sending the right message to the public,and#8221; Clarin said. and#8220;My electric rates and water rates are going up and friends are leaving town because they can’t afford to live here any more.and#8221;

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According to the district’s staff report, the raise would be deferred until December of this year.

For comparison, Cindy Gustafson, general manager of the Tahoe City Public Utility District, gets $151,124.48 a year, and has taken a two-year salary freeze, she said.

Truckee Town Manager Tony Lashbrook has refused bonuses and reduced the differed compensation in his contract, amounting to about $15,000 in reductions. His salary is $163,921.

Bill Horn, general manager of the Incline Village General Improvement District, will make $187,389 this fiscal year after he accepted a $23,985 bonus (a maximum of $25,000 is guaranteed as part of his yearly contract) in July 2009.

and#8220;Our strategy to get through the next few years is to minimize the year-over-year cost increase, and it starts at the top,and#8221; Lashbrook said.

A different set of factors weigh in on Wednesday’s vote, however, Poncelet said.

and#8220;When Ed (Taylor) retired as the water utility director Michael (Holley) absorbed that duty, and that’s a major factor in this,and#8221; Poncelet said. and#8220;The board is making an investment in the ongoing and future stability and performance of the district.and#8221;

Wednesday’s meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the district board room at 11570 Donner Pass Road.