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Utility district continues search for Harmon’s replacement

Renee Shadforth

It won’t be an enviable position, but the Donner Summit Public Utility District is looking for someone to fill Sandra Harmon’s shoes on the board of directors.

Harmon resigned from the board June 2, following allegations that her husband, former district general manager Steven Grimm, embezzled more than $300,000 from the district. One person has since submitted a letter of interest in the board vacancy, and the four remaining board members have extended the deadline from July 15 to Aug. 1 to generate more interest in the position.

“I would love to see somebody competent and with an honest background,” said Serene-Lakes resident Carrie Hoyt, whose town receives its water from the Donner Summit Public Utility District. She added that good communication was imperative because of the small size of the district.

Any registered voter – there are 74 in the district – can apply for the appointment to the board of directors.

Utility district board member Dale Verner said he encourages anyone in the district to apply for the position, especially in light of Grimm’s recent embezzlement charges.

“The only true protection that those who are governed have is to be part of the system and the people who make decisions,” Verner said.

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Verner added that he would like the board member to read his or her board packet, ask questions and place the best interest of the district at the forefront.

On July 7, Grimm pleaded innocent to three counts of embezzling government funds, from 2000 to 2002, and one count of credit card fraud in 2002.

No charges have been brought against Harmon, according to Nevada County Deputy District Attorney James Phillips.