CSD GM Skeel takes unexplained leave

John Skeel

John Skeel

El Dorado Hills Community Services District General Manager John Skeel has taken an unplanned leave of absence, reportedly at the encouragement of the CSD Board of Directors.

Skeel said he couldn’t discuss his leave but did call it “surprising.” He took the job in January 2011.

Neither Skeel or CSD officials have returned calls, but unofficial sources confirmed that Board President Guy Gertch chaired an all-staff meeting on Wednesday, June 22, and explained Skeel’s absence to the CSD employees as “personal.”

Skeel came in promising a district reorganization, but in recent board meetings the directors have rejected Skeel’s preliminary budget proposals.

One unnamed source conjectured that Skeel, who is very popular with the staff, was too concerned with staff and union concerns. Another said Skeel had completed an evaluation of district operations and created a plan, but was thwarted by the board in efforts to actively manage the district.

Skeel moved his family from Evergreen, Colo., to El Dorado Hills in December 2010.

The board chose him from 70 candidates for the position, offering an annual salary of $125,000.

At the time he was hired Skeel told Village Life, “It seemed like a good fit, the right place and the right time.”


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  1. stonegate resident

    The is another situation where the board of directors are trying to micro manage and push there personal agendas on the CSD! I wonder how much money it costed the tax payers to bring in John as a new general manager and not give him a chance. Waste of time and money!

  2. Barbara Rogers

    This is absolutely ridiculous. Are these board members related to the Cameron Park CSD board? Members of the board are not to be involved in the day to day operations under any circumstances. Why do these boards think they can just create their own kingdoms? You need to give this person at least 18 months to start getting the job done. Recall these inept people now….

  3. Glad the folks at El Dorado Hills wised up. John Skeel made a mess of our community and walked away.

    • You’re just upset because you were part of the problem and not the solution. It’s not fair to bring bias into this…..

  4. Oops. Forgot to state that I am from Evergreen, CO.

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