Key PAWSD Personnel Resign

Carrie Weiss, Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District (PAWSD) Manager, resigned in August after 28 years with the District. In addition, the PAWSD Office Manager Lisa Dermody, as well as Special Projects Manager Sheila Berger also rendered their resignations. When Weiss first joined the district, PAWSD serviced approximately 800 total equivalent units (EUs). Today, PAWSD serves more than 7,100 water and wastewater EUs. In her statement, Weiss noted, “My decision to leave the district is one of the most difficult and is somewhat bittersweet. It has been a big part of my life. I’ve had the privilege of working with some great staff and board members, but the political wrangling has been a distraction and factored into my decision.” Said Berger in a recent Pagosa Sun article, “I am truly sad to leave this agency and the beautiful San Juan Mountains but, quite frankly, not the community. There are wonderful people trying to do wonderful things here, but the level of acrimony, cynicism, discord, downright vitriol and personal agendas that, in the end, sabotages and burns out those efforts made my decision easy.” Unfortunately, but clearly, there is trouble in Dry Gulch Reservoir territory.