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Tom Gray leaves post as CCSD information officer

Tom Gray looks at equipment inside the microfilter unit at the Sustainable Water Facility in 2014. Gray has resigned as the CCSD’s public information officer.
Tom Gray looks at equipment inside the microfilter unit at the Sustainable Water Facility in 2014. Gray has resigned as the CCSD’s public information officer. Cambrian file photo

Tom Gray is no longer the public information officer for the Cambria Community Services District.

At Gray’s request, his contract ended April 30, according to district General Manager Jerry Gruber.

In a June 1 email interview, Gruber wrote that Gray believes “that the CCSD no longer needs to pay an outside contractor for public communications” on the district’s Sustainable Water Facility, and that Gray “is confident” that outreach to the community about that project “is in good hands going forward.”

By this spring, it was clear to me that I had accomplished what I was hired to do.

Tom Gray, former CCSD public information officer

Gray’s assignment for the district, which began in February 2014, was to keep the public informed about the Emergency Water Supply project, now called the Sustainable Water Facility. His contract was renewed, he said June 1, “but my mission remained the same — and it was always meant to have an end point. By this spring, it was clear to me that I had accomplished what I was hired to do.”

Terminating the contract “was entirely my decision, taken on my own initiative,” Gray said. “I have had a very friendly relationship with everyone at CCSD, both up to the end of my contract and since.”

Gray is a former chairman of the North Coast Advisory Council, and was a candidate for the CCSD board in 2012.

His LinkedIn page identifies Gray as a “strategic communications consultant” with a writing-editing-consulting career of more than three decades that has given him expertise in a range of fields.

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