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Placer CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 5

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Cindy Gustafson

Appointed Placer County Supervisor, District 5
18,281 votes (74.06%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Ensure Fiscal Accountability and Transparency for all Tax Payers
  • Increase Investment in Forest Health and Fire Protection
  • Support Local Business and Promote Housing for our Young Families and Workforce



Profession:Appointed Placer County Supervisor District 5
Chief Executive Officer, North Lake Tahoe Resort Association/Chamber of Commerce (2017–2019)
General Manager / Assistant General Manager, Tahoe City Public Utility District (2000–2017)
Chair Person, Marine Life Protection Act - North Coast — Appointed position (2010–2011)
Commissioner, California Fish and Game Commission — Appointed position (2003–2008)
Economics-Recreation Representative, Lake Tahoe Federal Advisory Committee — Appointed position (2000–2006)
Trustee, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District — Elected position (2000–2003)
Director of Resource Development and Community Relations, Tahoe City Public Utility District (1991–2000)
Commissioner, Placer County Transportation Commission — Appointed position (1991–1998)
Director of Community Relations, Perini Land & Development (1989–1991)
Field Aide, Placer County Supervisor Mike Fluty (1988–1989)


California Special District Institute Certificate of Completion, Special District Management (2006)
Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota Bachelor of Arts, Social Sciences, History, Political Science (1980)

Community Activities

Board Member, Founding Chair, Tahoe Fund (2010–current)
Board Member, Tahoe City Beautification Project (1996–2016)
Board Member, Tahoe Baikal Institute (2000–2004)
Board Member/President, Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation (1990–2003)
Board Member/Vice President, North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce (1989–1993)


I have been fortunate to live, work and raise my family in Placer County for the last 36 years.  During that time I have worked in both the public and private sector, and like many others in our communities, I volunteered for numerous efforts to improve our region. 

I moved to Placer County after completing college in Minnesota.  I worked in real estate and public relations before joining Tahoe City Public Utility District (TCPUD) in 1991.  I spent 26 years serving in various capacities at TCPUD, serving my last 8 years as General Manager.  During my career with TCPUD I worked to secure grant and other funding for projects such as:  bike trails, park and beach improvements, sidewalks, as well as water and wastewater infrastructure improvements.  As General Manager I oversaw a staff of 44 full-time and 30 part-time positions and an operating budget of $10.5 million and $17 million capital projects.   During those years I worked very closely with our residents and other agencies to ensure public involvement in all aspects of our operations from budgets, to projects, to maintenance and operation levels. 

After my retirement from TCPUD, I was hired on as Chief Executive Officer of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association/Chamber of Commerce.  In that position I organized an expansion of the Board of Directors, reorganized staffing, and re-built relationships with Placer County and other local organizations.  In April of 2019 I was selected by the Board of Supervisors from a pool of candidates to fill the seat of Supervisor for the 5th District vacated by Jennifer Montgomery.      

Outside of my career, I also served in various elected and appointed positions including: 

  • Elected to the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Board of Trustees
  • Seven years on the Placer County Transportation Commission (now PCTPA)
  • Five years on the State of California's Fish and Game Commission
  • Founding Board Chair of the Tahoe Fund
  • Board Member of the North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce
  • Board Member of the Truckee North Tahoe Transportation Management Association
  • Federal Advisory Committee, Representative for Economics and Recreation 

My husband is the owner of a civil engineering firm in Tahoe City.  We raised our three sons in the community and spend as much time as we can recreating in the mountains and foothills of our County.  

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (2)

  • Cal Fire Local 2881, Nevada-Yuba-Placer
  • California Apartment Association

Elected Officials (24)

  • Brian Dahle, California State Senator
  • Kirk Uhler, Placer County Supervisor
  • Jim Holmes, Placer County Supervisor
  • Robert Weygandt, Placer County Supervisor
  • Bonnie Gore, Chair, Placer County Supervisor
  • Sandy Amara, Auburn City Council
  • Matt Spokely, Auburn City Council
  • Dr. Bill Kirby, Mayor Auburn City Council
  • Carol Garcia, Sierra College Board of Trustees
  • Ken Tokutumi, Placer County Board of Education
  • Kim Douglass, Colfax City Council
  • Sean Lomen, Colfax City Council
  • Trinity Burress, Colfax City Council
  • Joe Fotula, Colfax City Council
  • Marnie Mendoza, Mayor City of Colfax
  • Daniel Berlant, Auburn City Council
  • Cheryl Maki, Auburn City Council
  • Teresa O'Dette, Truckee Tahoe Airport District Board Member
  • Alex Mourelatos, North Tahoe Public Utility District
  • Dan Wilkins, Director Tahoe City Public Utility District
  • Judy Friedman, Director Tahoe City Public Utility District
  • Sarah Coolidge, North Tahoe Public Utility District Board of Directors
  • Rick Stephens, Truckee Tahoe Airport District Board Member
  • Josh Alpine, Placer County Water Agency Board Member

Individuals (19)

  • Scott Owens, Retired Placer County District Attorney
  • Ed Bonner, Retired Placer County Sheriff
  • Larry Jordan, Foresthill
  • Mike Holmes, Auburn
  • Don and Kay Whitaker, Auburn
  • Bob and Arlene Houston
  • Gene Roeder, Auburn
  • Samir Tuma, North Lake Tahoe Resort Association Board
  • Dean Prigmore, Meadow Vista
  • Dave Wilderotter, Owner Dave's Ski Shops
  • Eddy Ancinas, Author
  • Kathleen Eagan, Former Town of Truckee Mayor
  • Doug Houston, Board Member Placer County Land Trust
  • Wyatt Oglivy, Ogilvy Consulting, Land Use & Development
  • Debbie Hogan, Integrated Environmental Restoration Services
  • Al Lombardo, Auburn
  • Robert McClintock, McClintock Accountancy
  • Don Fulda, Architect
  • Tom Turner, Board Member North Lake Tahoe Resort Association

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I have been registered as "No Party Preference" for over 30 years.  I have worked with and supported both Republicans and Democrats throughout my career.  I am fiscally conservative and a social moderate.  I believe in balancing a strong economy and protecting our quality of life and environment.  I support public safety - law enforcement & fire fighters, strong schools, economic sustainability, resilient communities, and government accountability at all levels.  I listen to all sides, and consider all factors in making decisions.  

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