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GDPUD hires 2nd interim GM

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From page A1 | July 17, 2013 | 10 Comments

At a special meeting on July 10, the board of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District made the decision to hire a second interim general manager.

Kelley Shively is currently acting as interim general manager, a position he has held since March when General Manager Hank White went on leave.

White has since resigned his position and taken a job with the Foresthill Public Utility District.

Hired as the second interim general manager is Gary Hoffmann, who recently retired after working as the senior sanitary engineer for the California Department of Public Health. Hoffmann also worked for the State Water Resources Control Board.

Hoffmann was hired at $75 an hour or a yearly equivalent of $156,000. In addition he will receive the use of a vehicle, phone and laptop. Shively makes $60.10 an hour or the yearly equivalent of $125,000 plus full-time employee benefits.

Board member Maria Capraun said Hoffmann would start as soon as his contract is finalized and would work for the district anywhere from three to five months. He will have the same duties as Shively but report directly to the board.

Hoffmann was hired to help the district which is currently short-staffed, especially in light of plans to move ahead with the retrofit of the Auburn Lake Trails Water Treatment Plant. Bids on the plant were due July 15.

The decision to hire Hoffmann was done in closed session but announced afterwards. Board member Norm Krizl said the vote was 3-2, with board members Bonnie McLane, Kathy Otermat, and Capraun voting for and Ray Griffiths and Krizl voting against.

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

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Discussion | 10 comments

  • Foaming at the MouthJuly 16, 2013 - 3:13 pm

    Two heads are better than one. In fact, I'd grow a third one if I could.

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 16, 2013 - 3:53 pm

    Dear Georgetown Divide Public Utility District Board, Please hire Greg Prada. You are already in chaos. I doubt that he can do you additional harm. If you hire Greg Prada a job you may distract him from EID. Please make Greg Prada your third GM - PLEASE. Respectfully, Phil Veerkamp, EID customer

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 16, 2013 - 3:55 pm

    substitute "give" for "hire"

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 16, 2013 - 3:56 pm

    "_"

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  • Terry PickettJuly 16, 2013 - 6:36 pm

    Wow, a professional honest GM at GDPUD - congratulations! I never thought I'd see the day!

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  • Danny SilvaJuly 16, 2013 - 10:08 pm

    GDPUD is definitely in chaos after 11+ years of Hank White at the reins and past boards who rubber stamped everything he wanted, leaving GDPUD in a financial crisis. Phil, I'm sure White would take a job at EID for the right price. Quite a legacy Whtie leaves, unsustainable salaries and benefits, multiple years of deficits and underfunded reserves. Can't pin that on the new board although I'm sure he wishes he could! Busted Mr. White! I'm sure more will be exposed once a the new IGM is in place. Love it!

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  • Cameron Park ObserverJuly 16, 2013 - 10:21 pm

    I hear now that White has resigned the employees are opening up about their disdain for Hank. No more pretending to tolerate him or risk retaliation. I’m sure the public and the employees will realize that the changes under the new board are definitely in theirs and the Districts best interests. Congratulations GDPUD!

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  • B. KeeganJuly 17, 2013 - 9:37 pm

    Wow an actual licensed professional engineer instead of an amateur with a D2 license. GDPUD pays Hank White $4808 a week vs. the new IGM at $3000 a week. Sounds like the majority of the board ia making some great decisions.

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  • Kathy OtermatJuly 17, 2013 - 11:49 pm

    Dawn - Mr. Hoffman replaces Kelly Shively as the Interim General Manager. Mr Shively moves to Operations Manager reporting to Mr. Hoffman. Your article implies Mr. Hoffman has the same duties as Mr. Shively and that is incorrect. The comment above by Mr. Keegan is correct, we save $1800 per week for Mr. Hoffman vs. Hank White as no benefits are paid. I am personally thrilled that GDPUD will have an extremely qualified IGM with the knowledge and connections to advise the Board on our CA Dept of Public Health Compliance issues as well as addressing our fiscal and capital improvement planning, staffing issues and bringing GDPUD technology into the 21st century.

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  • Foaming at the MouthJuly 18, 2013 - 9:48 am

    We'll see how thrilled Kathy Otermat is when this guy starts telling her things she doesn't want to hear.

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