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GDPUD board starts process to hire new GM

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From page A1 | July 08, 2013 | 5 Comments

The board of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District held a special meeting on July 2 to discuss what to do next after the resignation of General Manager Hank White.

The previous day, White, submitted his letter of resignation, giving the district 60 days notice as required by his contract.

In his letter to the board, White listed the accomplishments of the district but also noted that, “Recently, the constructive environment at the district has been eroding. District resources have been terribly misused by a majority of the board and the focus of providing reliable and affordable public services has been replaced with a very questionable political agenda. This agenda is not sustainable and I cannot professionally or morally support this course. I believe it is placing the public health and safety at risk and should not be tolerated. Given the board majority’s reluctance to correct this errant course, I find it necessary to resign my position as General Manager effective two months from today.”

Board Vice President Ray Griffiths said a discussion regarding how best to handle White’s resignation and parts of his contract were done in closed session and nothing was reported out.

However, in open session, the board voted to start the process of hiring another general manager.

The board also discussed how to obtain additional help for the Interim General Manager Kelly Shively. Griffiths said the district had been contacted by two individuals who offered to help. One, a former employee with the California Department of Public Health and the other worked for the El Dorado County Water Agency. He said the board would interview these candidates.

The next regular board meeting will be July 9 at 9 a.m. at district headquarters.

Contact Dawn Hodson at 530-344-5071 or dhodson@mtdemocrat.net. Follow @DHodsonMtDemo on Twitter.

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Discussion | 5 comments

  • Phil VeerkampJuly 07, 2013 - 3:08 pm

    Give Greg Prada enough rope and EID can swing in the breeze along with Georgetown. The buddy system!

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  • FranJuly 08, 2013 - 10:23 am

    " District resources have been terribly misused by a majority of the board and the focus of providing reliable and affordable public services has been replaced with a very questionable political agenda. This agenda is not sustainable and I cannot professionally or morally support this course. " Well...okay then--how long before the sharks come in a rip this person apart?

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  • Happy to see him go.July 08, 2013 - 11:20 am

    On the topic of reliable water, the District has not been in compliance for more than 10 years and who was responsible for the progress to date. Not the current board. Time to clean house and put the District in compliance. Wake up.

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  • hank white's former friendJuly 11, 2013 - 1:42 am

    The fact is that Hank White's incompetence as a GM was becoming glaringly apparent. He came to the district without any GM experience, much less public utility experience. He simply did not have the skills to run even a small district and the his weak facade was crumbling as for the first time in his tenure he had directors dare to ask him for information. When the going gets rough, the incompetent get going!

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  • EvelynJuly 11, 2013 - 6:03 am

    Mr. White's letter of resignation contained the word "errant"? Someone must have helped him with the vocabulary.

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