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GDPUD’s GM relieved to leave

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From page A1 | June 28, 2013 | 12 Comments

On Monday, it was learned that the general manager of the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District, Hank White, had decided to leave the district and seek employment with the Foresthill Public Utility District.

Explaining his decision, White said he was faced with whether to continue on an unsustainable course or go somewhere else.

“The board has lost sight of what we do,” he said, noting it no longer supports the work of the district.

“I was hopeful I could lead the district out of this, but the attacks were so personal and the conviction to cause this dysfunction were so strong. It was time for me to focus on keeping myself healthy, so I made the decision to leave.”

Interviewed on Tuesday, White said he was in the process of preparing his resignation notice to GDPUD’s board of directors.

White added that his separation from the district might be contested, saying that he was sure certain board members are planning some form of retaliation.

When asked why they would want to retaliate when they have tried for at least the last year to force him to leave, he said, “It’s another indication of their psychosis. Just look at the mass exodus of public servants fleeing the district. Something is really wrong. It’s a shame it’s not something the community can focus on and fix.”

White went on to say that he appreciated his time working for the district and with such dedicated employees.

“The work we’ve done has been fantastic,” he added. “But I’m sad the board has made this an intolerable place to work. It’s complete chaos now.”

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

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Discussion | 12 comments

  • Phil VeerkampJune 27, 2013 - 11:10 am

    If Greg Prada is successful EID will enjoy similarly.

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  • J. SweeneyJune 27, 2013 - 5:20 pm

    So why didn't Dawn ask the uncomfortable question on why Hank was unable to work for the last 3 months yet was able to be out interviewing for the same job he can't do? There's nothing wrong with interviewing but at least do it honestly man! This reeks of impropriety! EID could use more watchdogs. I hope there are changes there too.

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  • Barbara RogersJune 28, 2013 - 8:37 pm

    Good Luck Mr. White. You have made the right move for the sake of your sanity. Those crazy women will destroy that water agency. Good Luck.

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  • Robert KeeganJuly 01, 2013 - 3:24 pm

    On a friends advice I listened to several board audio from Dec 2010 on. I urge everyone to listen to those tapes at gd-pud.org before you comment. In the tapes there is a very disrespectful, terse, argumentative tone to Hank. White, Director Norm Krizl and Director Ray Griffiths voices whenever they speak to the three "ladies" of the Board. They are asking questions that make sense, in calm intellectual tones and the 3 fellas mentioned above cannot seem to speak with any civility and Mr. Krizl seens to LOVE his voice because he is very long-winded.! It seems very apparent that Mr. White either didn't know how to do his job (most likely) or refused to do his job. By gosh, he tried to avoid creating a budget on where funds would come for the new treatment plant. Seriously, how could a GM not think the Board should have this information. I guess if you don't carry the y chromosome with these three men (and Barbara Rogers), you are nothing but "crazy" and "pschotic". Those terms are used by people who cannot make an intellectual argument otherwise. Directors McLane, Otermat and Capraun, thank you for sticking in there when the GM and other directors have made it nothing but a living hell for you. It takes a lot of courage and tenacity to clean up the fiscal mess previous boards, (including 10 year board member Krizl), the GM and attorney Bill Wright. A new qualified, honest GM gives the Board a great opportunity for a transparent district run in the best interests of the public and not just a handful of Hank White's buddies.Believe me, the small handful of the good old boys friends are far outweighed by the constituents who are appreciative to the work you ladies are doing, including instating board policies for the first time. As my son who is a board member on another govt agency told me, a board without policies is has no rules, and that's how the previous boards wanted it. Thank God for the new majority!

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  • hank white's former friendJuly 01, 2013 - 4:38 pm

    ditto to B. Keegan! Yes there are some of us with y chromosomes who will speak out against our gender when it's the truth. There are lots of adjectives I could use against Hank White but I'd rather focus on the facts. He has not managed this district well and he and former operations manager Steve Gau ran it like their own personal company ignoring basic customer service and the law. Just ask my ALT neighbor who sued GDPUD for illegally cutting down a dozen large trees on private property and the judge concurred. How much have we wasted in legal fees due to their bravado and arrogance? I'll take smart women over egotistical dishonest men any day. Dawn Hudson unfortunately cannot be slotted in he smart women category but wouldn't it be nice if the Mtn Democrat provided us with an unbiased reporter who doesn't swoon over White and Director Norm Krizl!????

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  • EvelynJuly 11, 2013 - 6:16 am

    DITTO DITTO to Robert Keegan and Hank White's Former Friend. Mr. White's best references when applying for the FPUD position surely would have been his collection of Mt. Democrat articles. Good luck, FPUD.

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  • EvelynJuly 11, 2013 - 6:22 am

    GDPUD Board audios are HERE (Minutes).

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 11, 2013 - 6:40 am

    Isn't there a water treatment plant remaining to be built? Perhaps the plant will "have the last word".

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  • hank white's former friendJuly 17, 2013 - 3:21 pm

    Phil,it's not a new treatment plant to be built, the CA Dept of Public Health (CDPH) gave GDPUD a compliance order. Hank lied to the Board and the public when he said CDPH denied a retrofit (they did that to one of their two treatment plants). There are 4 options to come into compliance. With White out of the way, the Board and new IGM can work with CDPH on the options and not focus only on a new treatment plant (the Hank White Memorial Plant) which to date the district doesn't have the funds to build. Perhaps, a new treatment plant will be needed in the future, and perhaps GDPUD can come into compliance using an option with less cost but White has not been straight with the Board or the public and his resignation opens the doors for GDPUD to work with a professional, honest, competent Interim General Manager Gary Hoffmann who recently retired from CDPH with a goal to help small districts. The GDPUD struck gold when they found Mr. Hoffmann and things are looking up at GDPUD. Stay tuned as the GDPUD Board finally gets information from the IGM and can make decisions based on sound data. It took time but most of us in the community are delighted with the directions of the new GDPUD Board majority.

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 17, 2013 - 4:12 pm

    One of GDPUD’s biggest problems is low water rates and low hook-up fees. Who has the "cajones" to deliver that piece of political poison to the rate payers?

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 17, 2013 - 4:14 pm

    http://www.mtdemocrat.com/news/gdpud-down-to-one-water-treatment-plant-operator/

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 17, 2013 - 3:48 pm

    Friend, I do hope that the "transitional waves" subside. Time will be the judge of retrofit VS build new. "Penny wise and pound foolish" comes to mind.

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