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Cambria services district manager Tammy Rudock may be out of job by this afternoon

General Manager Tammy Rudock could find herself out of a job after the Cambria Community Services District board holds another special meeting at 5 p.m. today to act on her “discipline/dismissal/release.”

The meeting also is to include the possible appointment of an interim general manager, expected to be the district’s Utilities Manager Jerry Gruber.

Hired in September, he was being groomed to assume command after Rudock’s contract ended in June 2012.

At a meeting Thursday, about 45 minutes of comments from nearly two dozen speakers— out of more than 300 attendees who jammed the hall — came from contractors, farmers, retirees, business people, environmentalists, newcomers and at least one Cambria native. Signs were waved, and T-shirts advocated ousted Fire Chief Mark Miller’s return.

Many statements centered on Rudock’s April 12 firing of Miller, but some included other problems various community members said they’ve had with Rudock during her more than eight years in the district.

The district provides water, sewage treatment, fire protection, and parks, recreation and open space services to a community of about 6,400 residents.

Former district Director Peter Chaldecott was the only speaker endorsing Rudock, saying she has extensive experience, “she follows the rules,” and she “knows the pitfalls.”

Most who spoke praised Miller and called for his quick rehiring or reinstatement.

Someone also submitted more than 600 signatures on petitions supporting the chief.

Rudock didn’t speak during the special meeting but has said that she can’t release details of Miller’s ouster because its a confidential personnel matter.

—Kathe Tanner

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