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Utility manager bids farewell

Andrew Cristancho
Sierra Sun

Jessica Wilson/Courtesy to the Sierra SunNevada County Supervisor Ted Owens, left, presents outgoing Truckee utility General Manager Peter Holzmeister with a commemorative plaque Wednesday. Holzmeister served the district for 23 years.

The general manager of the Truckee Donner Public Utility District served the last day of a 23-year career with the utility Thursday, but not without a going-away observance at his last board meeting.

Several staff members and Nevada County supervisor Ted Owens attended the presentation in the utility boardroom Wednesday to wish Peter Holzmeister farewell.

Over servings of chocolate cake, Owens talked about Holzmeister’s achievements during his lengthy tenure with the district.

“He is a steady and steadfast leader for his employees,” Owens said. “[He will be remembered] for his thoughtful guidance and open-minded approach.”

After the speech Owens presented the outgoing general manager with a commemorative plaque.

During his 23 years as the district’s general manager, Holzmeister was active with the Rotary and Chamber of Commerce.

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Holzmeister might be best remembered as an early proponent of a contract that would have locked the district into 50 years of coal-fired power. He later stated he was glad the district did not go through with the deal.

Although Holzmeister took an early retirement, his last board meeting was a marathon, not ending until 1 a.m. Thursday morning. Holzmeister remained alert until the end, providing guidance to the board and presenters.

Before the meeting started, Holzmeister approached the board of directors and praised them for their work over the years.

“Here are five regular Truckee citizens and they make tough decisions every week,” Holzmeister said. “I’m impressed [with them].”

Holzmeister’s last day was Thursday, although he will draw accumulated vacation pay through Dec. 1. He plans to stay in Truckee and spend time with his grandchildren.