Originally posted at The Liberal OC.
By Dan Chmielewski.
Mayor Eric Garcetti has nominated Anaheim City Manager Marcie Edwards to be the next General Manager of the Department of Water and Power. Prior to her appointmentas Anaheim’s City Manger, Edwards ran Anaheim Public Utilities for 13 years, delivering water and power for California’s 10th largest city.
Edwards previously worked for 24 years at the DWP, starting as a Clerk Typist at the age of 19. She then became a Steam Plant Assistant, a Plant Equipment Operator, a Steam Plant Operator, a Load Dispatcher and a Senior Load Dispatcher.
She steadily worked her way up the ladder to become DWP Superintendent of Load Dispatching, Energy Control Center Manager, Manager of Bulk Power Operations/Maintenance, Bulk Power Business Unit Director, and finally Assistant General Manager for the marketing and the customer service business units.
“Marcie Edwards has the toughness and expertise necessary to take on the status quo at the DWP and deliver real, lasting change for DWP customers,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. ”During the mayor’s race, LA voters gave me a mandate to reform the DWP, and with Marcie Edwards, we’re going to make sure the DWP is more efficient, tightly managed, reliable and that costs are cut.”
“I am honored by the opportunity to join Mayor Garcetti’s administration and help drive the changes to this department that both he and the ratepayers are seeking,” said Marcie Edwards. ”In my discussions with Mayor Garcetti, he made the mission at hand abundantly clear – to run this Department like a business and leave politics at the door – and that is a mission I will gladly accept.”
The DWP Commission will consider Mayor Garcetti’s recommendation of Edwards at its February 4th meeting. Edwards’ nomination is subject to confirmation by the City Council.
Current DWP Assistant General Manager Jim McDaniel will serve as the acting General Manager until Edwards’confirmation. Marty Adams will serve as Acting Assistant General Manager of the Water System, replacing Jim McDaniel. Former DWP General Manager David Wiggs has been appointed the Assistant General Manager of the Power System.