Tahoe regional planners identify 6 applicants for executive director position

U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Carson District manager John Singlaub is one of a half dozen people being interviewed for the position of executive director of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

Singlaub, a Reno resident, is out of town until Aug. 21.

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency identified six applicants Monday as top picks for the job, and two of those who made the cut are already familiar faces at Lake Tahoe.

John Marshall, TRPA's acting executive director, and Juan Palma, who once served as forest supervisor for the Forest Service's Lake Tahoe unit, ranked among the top applicants in the search for an executive director.

They join Peter Coppelman, of Virginia a principal deputy assistant attorney general; Richard Duprey, of Tennessee an owner of Phoenix Sim Air Services; and Virginia resident Randall Scott, executive vice president of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

About 65 people applied for the position.

Juan Palma left Tahoe Basin's forest supervisor position, a post he held for two and a half years, in 1999 to become district manager for 5 million acres of Bureau of Land Management property in eastern Oregon. He said he put his name in the hat because he misses Tahoe.

The selection committee hopes to trim the six applicants down to three or four to be interviewed by the governing board at its Aug. 23 meeting, Solaro said.

TRPA began its search for an executive director in January, when Jim Baetge, TRPA's leader for five years, resigned for health reasons.


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