Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Thursday continued his effort to overhaul the leadership of the city’s much-criticized municipal utility and curb the influence of its powerful employees union by nominating a new agency boss and dismissing a top-ranking executive.
Garcetti recommended Anaheim City Manager Marcie Edwards as the new general manager of the Department of Water and Power, which has been struggling to manage a series of controversies over spending and customer service.
Edwards, who ran Anahiem’s utility and previously worked at the DWP for more than two decades, was chosen because she has the experience to run one of the nation’s largest municipal utilities like a business, a knowledgeable City Hall source said. Garcetti has “absolutely no doubt she will be tough, but fair, in dealing with the union,” said the source, who asked not to be identified because the mayor hadn’t yet announced the changes.
Edwards, who must be confirmed by the DWP’s Board of Commissioners and City Council, would replace General Manager Ron Nichols, who announced his resignation earlier this month. Garcetti publicly voiced a desire for Nichols to be more aggressive with the DWP union in a City Hall effort to determine how two utility-funded nonprofit trusts have spent more than $40 million in ratepayer money.
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