South Tahoe Public Utility District announces board vacancy |

South Tahoe Public Utility District announces board vacancy

Amanda Fehd
Tom Comte

South Tahoe Public Utility District is searching for a new director to serve on its board after Tom Comte resigned last week apparently for health reasons.

Comte had served on the board since June 2003, when he was appointed to replace Cathie Becker. He was then elected in December 2003.

District spokesperson Dennis Cocking said Comte’s doctor recommended he leave the high-altitude environment to better serve his health. Comte could not be reached for comment.

The board of directors plans to fill the vacancy by Sept. 1. Applicants should file a letter of intent with the clerk of the board by Aug. 22 at 1 p.m. A director receives a $400 per month stipend, and full medical coverage for self and family. Board meetings take place at 2 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of the month.

“Tom’s extensive community experience allowed him to provide comprehensive and objective discussion on a variety of district matters that come before the Board,” said Eric Schafer, board president. “His forthright speak-your-mind manner made him a valuable addition to the board. He will be truly missed.”

Fellow director Duane Wallace, who is also executive director of the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, said he has the highest regards for Comte.

“He’s done a lot for our community,” Wallace said. “He’s a great guy and we are going to miss him.”

Comte had good attendance at meetings and always did his homework, said fellow director Mary Lou Mosbacher.

“He was always very kind and respectful to me and listened to what I had to say and I appreciated that,” she said.

Prior to serving with the district, Comte had served on the planning commission, was a long-time member and former vice-president of the Chamber of Commerce, and member of the South Lake Tahoe Lodging Board. Comte also served in the United States Air Force.

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