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Trustee volunteers to keep Ranchos running

Movers & Shakers is a weekly feature of the Sunday EXTRA.

Roger Paul, 68, is the chairman of the Gardnerville Ranchos General Improvement District Board of Trustees. He’s lived in Carson Valley for 10 years and served four years in the U.S. Navy.

– Where are you originally from? I was born and raised in California. I attended grammar and high schools in Stockton, Calif., and graduated from UC Berkeley in 1961. My wife, Liz, and I are both retired federal civil servants. We have found great satisfaction in volunteering.

– What are the responsibilities of your position? Who is your boss? As chairman, I preside over meetings of the board, serve as chief spokesperson for the board on matters of policy and sign formal correspondence on behalf of the board. Trustees ultimately are responsible to the electorate by way of the ballot box.

– What is the No. 1 goal you have set for yourself in you job? To work amiably with the other members of the board to ensure the district provides its services effectively and efficiently.

– What is a little known fact about the GRGID Board? What are some common misconceptions about the district? I believe that few people understand that trustees, while elected, are essentially volunteers. There is a modest stipend for serving ($300-$400 per month) however, it is clear to me that Trustees are motivated by a sense of civic duty and other altruistic reasons. A common misconception is that the district is a part of the Town of Garnderville. The reason may be attributed to the similarity of the names.

– In your spare time, what activities do you enjoy? I enjoy golf and traveling with my travel trailer.

– Do you have a family? My wife Liz is a trustee on the Douglas County Library Foundation and chairs the fundraising committee as well as volunteering at the Gardnerville Museum and Cultural Center. I have three children: Roger, 39; Jennifer, 27; and Adam, 25. At this time, there are no grandchildren.

– Who is your role model? My political role model is Harry Truman. I try to emulate his willingness to confront difficult issues in a straightforward and honest manner.

– What is your favorite song? I would have to hark back to the 1950s and Blueberry Hill by Fats Domino.

– What do you feel are the key issues within the GRGID? I think the potential impact of new development on the infrastructure; i.e., water, roads, street safety and crime.

– What is your vision for the future of the Ranchos? I would like to see the community preserve its rural character while accommodating the inevitable growth.

– How long have you been on the board? Why did you run? what keeps you doing it? I completed my fourth year on the board this past November. I was appointed to the board to replace long-time board member Bruce Nystrom, who passed away in 1999. I ran for election in 2000 for a four-year term almost as a condition for being appointed in the previous year.

I found that I truly enjoyed the sense of directly participating in our local district government in a meaningful way.

Interview conducted by Joey Crandall. To nominate someone for the Movers & Shakers feature, contact News Editor Sally J. Taylor at or (775) 782-5121 ext. 215.