TURLOCK -- It's official: The Turlock Irrigation District's top administrator is headed to Texas.
On Thursday, Larry Weis, the TID's general manager and chief executive officer, announced that he has accepted a position as the general manager for Austin Energy after 10 years in Turlock.
"The district has seen a decade of growth and development under Larry's leadership, and he will be missed," Rob Santos, the TID's board president, said in a news release.
Weis' last day with the district will be Aug. 31.
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At its regular meeting Tuesday, the TID's board of directors will consider naming an interim general manager.
Earlier, directors said they would not be in a hurry to replace Weis should he leave.
Joe Alamo said the district has several assistant general managers who are qualified to handle the responsibilities on a temporary, and perhaps permanent, basis.
"We might get a recruiter if we can't find somebody in-house," he said. "That would be my personal first choice."
Alamo said he and other directors have contacts at other districts that could lead to viable candidates.
Weis said there was nothing that drove him away from the TID; he'd committed to 10 years with the district and it was a good time to look for a new challenge. His wife's family is from the Austin area.
Weis said the Austin district is looking for ways to increase renewable energy. The TID has become a leader in that area, getting about 28 percent of its energy from renewable resources.
Weiss will earn $285,000 a year, according to the Austin American- Statesman, making him the city's highest-paid employee.
The Turlock Irrigation District board of directors will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the TID office, 333 E. Canal Drive.