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Truckee utility gives raise to GM

Christine StanleySierra Sun

Peter Holtzmeister, general manager of the Truckee Donner Public Utility District, was awarded a raise by the board on Wednesday night.The board granted Holtzmeister a 7 percent raise, bumping him from an annual income of $137,492 to $147, 430, though some board members said they would have liked to have given him more. I actually think his performance could warrant a higher number, said board member Ron Hemig.A few vocal ratepayers didnt agree. I cannot support a pay raise at this time, given the lack of a substantial review of Mr. Holtzmeisters performance. While much has been done right … [there] has been a lack of attention to the public will, said Ronnie Colby. The public dissatisfaction shows a dereliction of duty not consistent with a pay raise.But Holtzmesiter did have a performance review with the board, but chose to have the personnel matter done in closed session so details of his accomplishments and pitfalls would not be made public. [In a closed session] we could all speak frankly without other people eavesdropping in a public session, Holtzmeister said. I thought that we could be more candid in a closed session, and that we were.As part of the approval process, the board also accepted a new pay scale as recommended by San Ramon-based Koff & Associates, a consulting firm hired to survey salaries of general managers in other areas such as Roseville, Santa Clara and Redding.The board voted to place Holtzmeister on the lowest end of that scale.Koff & Associates, a San Ramon-based consulting firm, was hired by district staff to survey salaries of general managers in other areas such as Roseville, Santa Clara and Redding. The board approved a new salary schedule recommended by the firm which reads as follows: Step 1: $147,430 Step 2: $154,794 Step 3: $162,552 Step 4: $170,664 Step 5: $179,192