Jarvis leaves Public Works; 'It's just too much,' he says of Mammoth workload


Ray Jarvis, the affable Public Works director who for two years has held Mammoth together with baling wire and chewing gum, announced his resignation on Friday.

Jarvis will assume new duties as the public works director in South Lake Tahoe after Aug 2.

The 55-year-old Jarvis, who because of budget cuts also was manager of Mammoth-Yosemite Airport, is the second key employee to announce his resignation this past week. Earlier, building inspector Johnny Goetz announced he would leave for a similar position in Truckee.

For Jarvis, the accumulated workload as a result of the budget cuts played a part in his decision, he said.

“By losing so much staff and keeping spreading the workload out more and more, it’s just too much,” he said. “There are a lot of things going on, and when that happens, people start looking at other opportunities because of those things.

“Being responsible for public works was big enough, but then you throw in the airport, public transportation, solid waste and parks, it gets to be too much after a while, and your health suffers.”

Jarvis spent nine years in Mammoth after coming here from a position in Fresno.

He said South Lake Tahoe was a good fit, both for what that city needs out of him, and also for his family.

More details on Jarvis’ resignation, along with reporting on the stampede among key town employees, such as Goetz, will be printed in the next edition of the Mammoth Times, in news racks next Thursday, July 11.