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[March 01, 2014]
SMUD Board of Directors Appoints Rob Kerth to Fill Ward 5 Vacancy
(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 28 -- The Sacramento Municipal Utility District issued the following news release: The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) Board of Directors has appointed Rob Kerth to fill the vacancy in Ward 5 left open after Michael Picker resigned earlier this month. Kerth will serve out the remainder of the term that runs through December 31, 2014. He will be eligible to stand for election to a full term of office during the election in November 2014. The appointment comes after a public meeting and requests by the board for community input. Ward 5 includes midtown, downtown, North Sacramento, Natomas, Rio Linda and Elverta.
Kerth served as Ward 5 Director from 2009 through 2012 before leaving the board to run for a seat on the Sacramento City Council.
Kerth is a third-generation Sacramentan and former two-term city councilman who got his start in public service as a neighborhood activist for the historic Woodlake district of North Sacramento. While on the Sacramento City Council, he was recognized as a major force for revitalization efforts not only in his district but also in other long-established neighborhoods.
During his time with the city of Sacramento, Kerth specialized in regional problem solving with assignments that included the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, Sacramento Regional Transit District and the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency. Kerth developed notable expertise on infrastructure issues throughout the six-county Sacramento region.
Kerth founded Ice Unlimited, which brought Sacramento and Folsom their original holiday ice rinks. He is also responsible for the design of ice rinks in Sacramento's Arco Arena and at Squaw Valley U.S.A.
A graduate of Stanford University, Kerth holds a master's degree in mechanical engineering, with an emphasis in controls and systems. He and his family still live in Woodlake, less than three blocks from his childhood home.
As the nation's sixth largest community-owned electric service provider, SMUD has been providing low-cost, reliable electricity for more than 65 years to Sacramento County (and a small portion of Placer County). SMUD is a recognized industry leader and award winner for its innovative energy efficiency programs, renewable power technologies, and for its sustainable solutions for a healthier environment. SMUD is the first large California utility to receive more than 20 percent of its energy from renewable resources.
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