STPUD appoints new board member
South Shore Certified Public Accountant Eric Schafer was appointed to the South Tahoe Public Utility District Board of Directors Wednesday.
Schafer replaces Pembroke Gochnauer who resigned from the board a month ago citing personal reasons and needing to spend more time with his family. Gochnauer stepped down just six days before he was convicted of one count of tax evasion in a federal court.
Schafer was one of seven applicants interviewed for the position.
“Each of the candidates could have done a great job,” Board Director James Jones said. “Each has special qualities that could benefit the district.”
Schafer said he’s excited to serve on the board.
“This is a great organization,” he said. “I’m glad I can serve in this capacity. For me it’s a way to be a part of the community.”
The 57-year-old Schafer said he was planning to run for the seat when it came up for election in November and has been attending meetings for the past few months to become familiarized with the district’s issues.
“(Gochnauer’s resigning) just accelerated the process,” Schafer said. “I am committed to run for election in November without a doubt. I have a strong financial background and I’ve served on boards since 1966.”
Schafer served on the Lake Tahoe Unified School Board for 12 years, is a member of the Kiwanis Sunrisers and served on the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce board for 10 years.
“Boards and public service have been a part of my life for a long time,” Schafer said. “And I’m really excited to serve on this board.”
Acting Board President Duane Wallace said Schafer’s profession will also help in dealing with board matters.
“His understanding of financial issues will be an asset to the district,” Wallace said.
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