TRPA governing board member ends her tenure |

TRPA governing board member ends her tenure

Matthew Renda

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – A governing board member of a local environment oversight and planning agency fought back emotions as she announced her resignation.

Donna Ruthe, the Nevada Governor’s Appointee to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency governing board, tearfully announced her resignation – effective immediately – during the Wednesday, July 28 governing board meeting.

Ruthe will be replaced by Gardnerville resident and Nevada Governor Jim Gibbon’s Chief of Staff – Robin Reedy.

“I care deeply for the health and well being of Lake Tahoe and believe that my time and service as a governing board member has helped to protect and care for this national treasure and protecting Nevada’s interest,” said Ruthe in a prepared statement.

The principal reason for Ruthe’s decision to bow out is her husband’s ongoing battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

“As many of you are aware, my husband and former TRPA Governing Board Member Chuck Ruthe has had numerous health issues,” she said. “We have decided to sell our lovely home in Incline Village due to Chuck’s illness. Chuck and I will continue to reside at our primary residence in Las Vegas. The travel to Lake Tahoe for vacation and meetings has become difficult because of the (aforementioned) illness.”

Daniel Burns, Spokesman for Governor Jim Gibbons, praised Ruthe for her dedication to the position.

“She did an outstanding job in representing the constituency very well,” said Burns. “The governor would have been happy to have her continue but is understanding of the situation.”

Burns said Gibbons expressed “great confidence” in Reedy to be able to fill in adequately in Ruthe’s stead.

Reedy said she was both “excited and daunted” by the appointment to the volunteer position, while saying her learning curve will be lessened due to her considerable experience at different levels of government.

“I am familiar with the TRPA and I am keyed into government conservation issues,” she said. “It will be a steep learning curve, but I understand the complexity of establishing partnerships between California, Nevada and the federal government while always keeping in mind that real people live (in Tahoe).”

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