PAHRUMP, Nev. (April 15, 2019) – Longtime Valley Electric Board member John Maurer of Fish Lake Valley announced his retirement from the Board April 9, a few weeks earlier than he had originally planned. Maurer cited family health issues as the reason for the early decision.
In a letter to the Board, Maurer wrote: “Please accept my early retirement from the Board of Directors. I only have 3 weeks left on my term, but I must depart early due to an unexpected medical situation within my family.
“It has been a pleasure working with and getting to know each of you over the last decade. You truly are like family, and I wish you the very best.”
Maurer, an alfalfa farmer, decided in 2018 not to seek a fifth term on the Board. He will be replaced by Kathleen Keyes, who ran unopposed in March for the District 4 seat. New Board members are typically seated the first Board meeting following the Annual Meeting, which is April 27. District 4 also includes the communities of Lida and Gold Point.
Maurer served on the VEA Board since 2007. He grew up in Fish Lake Valley and returned to the farming community to make it his home after graduating from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 1994 with a Bachelor’s degree in Ag-Business. John and his wife, Valerie, have three children.
In the 12 years that John has been on the Board, he has received the Credentialed Cooperative Director Certificate and Board Leadership Certificate from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. He served as the Board Treasurer, Secretary, and as Board President from 2011-18.
During his tenure as Board President, Maurer presided over the completion of the 164-mile 230-kilovolt Transmission Project, the contract to provide power and transmission services to NNSS (NV Test Site), the purchase of the electrical distribution system at Creech AFB, the inclusion of VEA into the CAISO system as a Participating Transmission Owner and the 2017 sale of the 230-kV System to GridLiance West. Maurer played instrumental roles in the project to upgrade the Fish Lake Valley Substation and Distribution projects.