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Utility district board appoints new chief

Andrew Cristancho
Sierra Sun

The staff of the oldest governmental agency in the basin will have a new boss starting March 8.

The Tahoe City Public Utility District’s five-member board of directors appointed Cindy Gustafson to the position of general manager Friday in a 4-0 vote with one abstention.

Gustafson was hired in 1991 as a director of resource development and community relations, she said.

It was a job that included securing grant funding for the projects that the district wanted to do.

Gustafson grew up outside of Washington, D.C., the daughter of a former director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and said watching her father hold down a full-time federal government job while still finding time to volunteer for community organizations and in his local church gave her the fundamental drive to choose her path.

Asked if she expected in 1991 to ascend to the general manager position at the utility, she was notably low key.

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“No…,” she laughed…, “I never thought that. I felt really fortunate to have a good full-time position in the community.”