GDPUD hires another retiree

By From page A1 | May 21, 2014

The Georgetown Divide Public Utility District has changed interim general managers again, with Director Maria Capraun stepping down and retired county engineer George Sanders stepping in.

At a special board meeting Monday night, the switch was announced with Capraun resigning and Sanders voted in as her replacement.

The district has been in turmoil since retired state engineer Gary Hoffmann suddenly resigned on April 28 as interim general manager after suffering an injury.

Director Capraun was then appointed to the position, a move that drew a negative reaction at the May 13 board meeting when several residents stood up and accused her of having a conflict of interest.

The new interim general manager said one of his priorities is ensuring continuity in the planning for the Auburn Lake Trails Water Treatment Plant, including the plans, permits and funding.

The topic of funding options for the water treatment plant was one of the two items on the agenda for a second special board meeting called for May 20.

Sanders’ qualifications include being a civil engineer who previously worked for El Dorado County in the General Services Department as both deputy and interim general manager. Prior to that he worked in environmental management, with one of his projects being the Union Mine landfill and wastewater treatment plant. As a private consultant, he’s also done surveying and engineering work for GDPUD.

Like Hoffmann, Sanders can only work 960 hours under CalPERS. He said he expects to work 40 hours a week until a new general manager is hired and can be transitioned into the job.

Sanders’ pay is expected to be $45 an hour, according to Board President Bonnie¬†McLane, which is less than Hoffmann was making. However, District Counsel Barbara Brenner is still in the process of drafting a contract with him.

“We’re thrilled to have him,” said McLane

Dawn Hodson

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