The South Tahoe Public Utility District (“District”) will be accepting applications for appointment of a person to fill a vacant Board Member seat through December 4, 2020. Pursuant to the District’s Board of Directors Policy and applicable California law, the Directors will appoint a District resident to fill the vacant seat at a Special Board Meeting on Thursday, June 11, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. The appointed Board Member may run for election in the November 3, 2020, consolidated general election to maintain the seat for the next four year term.

Anyone interested in applying for the vacant Board Member seat must be a registered voter within the District. Completed Letters of Interest and a Resume must be mailed to: Melonie Guttry, Executive Services Manager/Clerk of the Board, South Tahoe Public Utility District, 1275 Meadow Crest Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA  96150 or emailed to All interested applicant information must be received by the District no later than Tuesday, June 2, 2020, to be considered for this Board member vacancy seat. For more information, please visit the District’s website at or contact Melonie Guttry, Executive Services Manager/Clerk of the Board at (530) 543-6203.

The appointed Board Member will take their Oath of Office during the Regular Board Meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 17, 2020, at 2:00 p.m.



The Board of Directors of the South Tahoe Public Utility District is committed to providing excellence in legislative leadership that result in the provision of the highest quality of services to its constituents. It is the duty of the Board of Directors to establish procedure, goals, and formulate and adopt policy. The Board directs the General Manager to implement the policies. Directors do not represent any fractional segment of the community, but are, rather, a part of the body which represents and acts for the community as a whole.


The South Tahoe Public Utility District Board of Directors regularly meets the first and third Thursday of each month, at 2:00 p.m . Meetings are held at the District office, located at 1275 Meadow Crest Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA. Public participation is encouraged. The Agenda is accessible to the public at least 72 hours prior to the Regular Board meeting and is posted on the outdoor reader board. A complete agenda packet, including all backup information is available for review by clicking on the link below for Regular Board Meeting Agendas, and also in the lobby at the District office during the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

2019 Board Meeting Schedule

Click here to view the Board Agendas and Minutes.


2018 Board Candidate Forum Video - Click HERE to view

The District is governed by a five member Board, elected by popular vote of the general public who reside within the District boundaries. Each Board Member serves a 4-year term and anyone interested in running for a seat on the Board must be a registered voter within the District. Board Members receive District medical, dental and vision benefits and in accordance with Section 16002 of the Public Utility Code, also receive a $400 per month stipend. Board Meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 2:00 p.m. in the District Board Room located at 1275 Meadow Crest Drive, South Lake Tahoe.


Board of Directors

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Chris Cefalu, Director, Seat 1 - Term: 12/07/2018 – 12/02/2022

Chris Cefalu holds a B.S. in Managerial Economics from the University of California at Davis. Chris is a 52-year resident of South Lake Tahoe and is the owner/operator of several successful small businesses in South Lake Tahoe.

Standing Committee:

  • Finance
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James R. Jones, Director Seat 2 - Term: 12/07/2018 - 12/02/2022

James R. Jones holds a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering and Sanitary Engineering. Before going into private practice as a Civil Engineer, Jim worked as an engineer for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Environmental Protection Agency and the National Science Foundation. Jim has been an active member of the Tahoe community since 1973.

Standing Committees:

  • Water and Wastewater Operations Committee
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Randy Vogelgesang, President, Seat 3 - Term: 12/02/2016 – 12/04/2020

Randy Vogelgesang holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree and is a licensed Civil and Structural Engineer. Randy owns a local engineering business and before moving to Tahoe, he worked for a large public utility company in Southern California. Randy has been a long time member of the Building Board of Appeals for the City of South Lake Tahoe.

Standing Committee:

  • Executive Committee

Kelly Sheehan, Vice President, Seat 4 - Term: 12/02/2016 – 12/04/2020

Kelly Sheehan is a 30 year resident of South Lake Tahoe where she and her husband co-own and operate Steamers Bar & Grill. Kelly is a former branch manager for El Dorado Savings and has experience in planning and cost control.

Standing Committee:

  • Finance
  • Executive Committee

Nick Exline, Seat 5 - Term: 12/07/2018 - 12/02/2022

Nick Exline received his master’s degree in Land Use Planning Policy from the University of Nevada and is currently a Senior, AICP Land Use Planner for Midkiff and Associates.  Nick is the Chairman of the South Tahoe 100% Renewable Committee, founder of the Lake Tahoe Climate Change Network, Chair of the Tahoe Chamber Government Affairs Committee, and member of the LTUSD Renewable Energy/Sustainability and green space committees.   Nick lives in Tahoe with his wife Kelly and children Callum and Mia.

Standing Committee:

  • Water and Wastewater Operations


General Manager
John Thiel


Assistant General Manager
Shannon Cotulla

Chief Financial Officer
Paul Hughes