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Johnson heading to North Tahoe PUD from Incline Village General Improvement District

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — After more than 10 years with the improvement district here, Brad Johnson is taking his professional skills across the state line.

Johnson has been officially hired to serve as the general manager and CEO of North Tahoe Public Utility District, the district’s board announced at its July 17 meeting.

Johnson has served as the director of engineering and asset management for the Incline Village General Improvement District (IVGID) since 2007.

For Johnson, the opportunity was too attractive to turn down.

“I wasn’t interested in leaving Tahoe,” Johnson told the Tribune. “It’s where I want to raise my family.”

In offering congratulations to Johnson, IVGID General Manager Steve Pinkerton noted the quandary of hiring “top flight” employees: at some point they reach the peak of employment opportunity and look elsewhere for career growth.

“He’s been an outstanding employee for the last 10 years,” Pinkerton said.

He credited Johnson for upgrading the district’s capital improvement program and asset management plan, among other achievements.

“We hate losing him but it’s a great opportunity for him,” Pinkerton said.

At NTPUD, Johnson will replace former GM Duane Whitelaw, who retired on June 15. In searching for a replacement, the board sought a candidate who would be a visible and proactive member of the community, according to a press release.

“The board came to the conclusion that over the years our most successful general managers were part of North Tahoe prior to coming to the district,” Tim Ferrell, president of the board, said in a press release. “With that in mind we wanted a candidate that not only lived in the area but would but be a long-standing figure in our community. Brad was the obvious choice because his education, work history and career goals align perfectly with the district’s needs. It will be exciting to see where his energy takes the district in the years to come.”

Under the terms of the employment contract, Johnson will make a base salary of $185,000 with NTPUD.

His last day with IVGID is Aug. 17.

Pinkerton said he will evaluate the position and current staff before proceeding with a possible replacement. As with the hiring of other high-level positions, Pinkerton said he will consult with the board, though the decision is ultimately his to make.

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