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Los Angeles City Council confirms Marcie Edwards as LADWP's new general manager

From the February 25, 2014 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published February 25, 2014

The Los Angeles City Council on Feb. 21 unanimously confirmed Marcie Edwards as the new general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Edwards, the city manager for Anaheim, Calif., is the first woman to hold the top job at the Los Angeles utility. In doing so, she is coming back to a utility where she worked for 24 years.

"Marcie Edwards is a smart, strong leader who has the experience and understanding to guide LADWP through the unprecedented challenges it faces," said Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson."

"I am honored to lead LADWP during this challenging period -- it’s like coming home to the utility I grew up with," Edwards said. She praised LADWP employees, saying, "This is a tough job and no one person can do it alone. It will take a group effort to meet the challenges now facing LADWP. I am heartened to work with such dedicated, intelligent and innovative people, many of whom are among the best in the water and power utility industry."

Edwards headed Anaheim Public Utilities for 13 years prior to her appointment as city manager for Anaheim. She previously worked for more than two decades at LADWP, starting as a clerk typist at the age of 19. By the time she left the utility, she had worked her way up to be assistant general manager for the municipal utility's marketing and customer service business units.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti nominated Edwards for the post on Jan. 30 (see Public Power Daily, Feb. 3). The Los Angeles Board of Water and Power Commissioners voted unanimously Feb. 4 to confirm her.

"I'd like to thank the City Council for confirming Marcie Edwards to lead the DWP," Garcetti said. I chose Ms. Edwards because her leadership rests on a comprehensive knowledge of the business of water and power, having risen through the ranks at the DWP, and amassing more than 35 years of experience in utility operations inside and outside L.A. She's savvy and tough, and I'm confident she will continue our efforts to reform the DWP and save money for ratepayers."


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