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Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti taps Marcie Edwards for LADWP general manager


From the February 3, 2014 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published February 3, 2014

By Jeannine Anderson
Editor
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has nominated Anaheim City Manager Marcie Edwards to be the next general manager of the L.A. Department of Water and Power. 

Before she was appointed as Anaheim's city manager, Edwards was general manager of Anaheim Public Utilities for 13 years, delivering water and power for California's 10th largest city.

Before going to Anaheim, Edwards worked at the LADWP for 24 years. She started as a clerk typist at the age of 19, then became a steam plant assistant, a plant equipment operator, a steam plant operator, a load dispatcher and a senior load dispatcher.

Marcie Edwards
She worked her way up to become the DWP's 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 Mayor Garcetti. "During the mayor's race, L.A. voters gave me a mandate to reform the DWP, and with 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 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 Feb. 4 meeting. Edwards's nomination is subject to confirmation by the City Council.

DWP Assistant General Manager Jim McDaniel will be the acting general manager until Edwards's 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.

Edwards is a past president of the California Municipal Utilities Association, past vice chair of the board of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, past president of the Southern California Public Power Authority and a past member of APPA's board of directors.
 

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