TRPA expected to name new chief next week |

TRPA expected to name new chief next week

The next man or woman who will lead Lake Tahoe’s bistate planning agency in its endeavor to preserve the basin’s environment should be known by this time next week.

Starting Monday at 5 p.m., it will be judgment week for nine finalists vying for the position of executive director of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. Those candidates include Nevada’s administrator of the Department of State Lands, Pam Wilcox; TRPA’s Environmental Improvement Program coordinator, Carl Hasty; a former chief of the Stanislaus National Forest, Janet Wold; and planners, attorneys and water quality professionals from California, Washington, Utah and Louisiana.

Jerome Waldie, the California Senate Rules Committee appointee to TRPA’s governing board and a member of a subcommittee which will narrow the list of candidates during interviews Monday and Tuesday, said he believes there are plenty of quality candidates to choose from.

The new director will guide the bistate agency as it tries to implement its EIP, thus organizing the construction of $900 million worth of erosion-control projects and other restoration programs that experts say are needed to save Tahoe’s famed clarity.

“The executive director is the position which really sets the course for the agency,” Waldie said. “He or she is clearly the key employee for the agency.”

After two days of interviews next week by the subcommittee, TRPA’s 14-voting-member governing board is scheduled to make a decision on the final candidates Wednesday. There will be time for public comment at the interviews.

Jim Baetge, executive director for five years, left in January for health reasons. The acting executive director, Jerry Wells, will leave May 26 to take a position in Oregon. He had been the 10th finalist before the announcement.

More than 100 people applied for the job.

The nine finalists are:

n Bill Allayaud has been a principal planner for Salt Lake City since 1997. And he has experience as a planner, legislative coordinator and manager for the California Coastal Commission. He received a master’s degree in regional planning from Cornell University in 1977.

n Mark Carey of Bellevue, Wash., has been the land services manager for the King County Department of Development and Environmental Services in Washington since 1995. He has worked in planning in Washington for nearly two decades and has experience working for the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service. He earned a bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning from Eastern Washington University in 1983.

n Thomas Clarke, a Redwood Shores, Calif., resident, is an attorney who is a shareholder and chair of the environmental practice committee of a 150-attorney California law firm. His past experience includes working in the Executive Office of the President of the United States’ Council on Environmental Quality in the 1970s. He earned his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1970.

n Carl Hasty of Carson City has worked for TRPA since 1990. He has coordinated the EIP program since 1997 and has been a planner and the water quality program manager for the agency. He has a master’s degree from the California State Polytechnic Institute, Pamona.

n Roger Hedrick, a resident of Lafayette, La., is the director of the consulting firm Hedrick Community Planning and Design. He has managed public planning agencies in Kansas, Texas and Louisiana. He has a doctorate of philosophy and urban studies from the University of New Orleans.

n Gregory James of Bishop, Calif., has been the director of California’s Inyo County Water Department since 1981. An attorney, James has served Inyo County as legal counsel during that time and previously was a deputy district attorney for the county. He earned his law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1972.

n Pam Wilcox of Carson City has been the administrator of Nevada State Lands since 1981 and has been the executive officer of the Nevada TRPA since 1993. She also coordinates Nevada’s efforts at Tahoe, including overseeing a multi-agency team of employees focusing on Tahoe restoration. She has a master’s degree in political science from Northwestern University in Illinois.

n Phil Williams of Spokane, Wash., an infrastructure management specialist for the CH2Mhill consulting firm in Washington, has previously worked as the director of planning and director of environmental programs for the city of Spokane. In the early 1980s and late 1970s, he worked for the Washington Department of Ecology. He earned a master’s degree in biology from Eastern Washington University in 1975.

n Jan Wold of Reno retired as forest supervisor for the 890,000-acre Stanislaus National Forest in 1997. She worked for the Forest Service for more than 20 years, including stints at the Idaho Panhandle National Forest as well as the Mount Hood and Umatilla national forests in Oregon. She has a master’s degree in aquatic entomology and fisheries from Oregon State University.

What: TRPA executive director committee

When: Monday, 5 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 a.m.

Where: TRPA offices, 308 Dorla Court, Zephyr Cove

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