June 17, 2010
City Manager Announces Finalists for Austin Energy General Manager
Contact: Communications and Public Information Office, (512) 974-2220
Austin City Manager Marc Ott has selected three people to advance to the final stage in the selection process for Austin Energy’s General Manager. The finalists, who will interview with multiple panels on June 30, include:
Ronald Davis, General Manager, Burbank, Calif., Water and Power. Davis has 30 years of experience in the electric industry and has led Burbank Water and Power for the last 12 years. Burbank Water and Power is a municipal utility in urban Southern California with a 2009 budget of $410 million and a peak electrical load of 308 MW. BWP is recognized as one of the nation’s most reliable electrical providers and adopted a 33 percent renewable energy portfolio standard in 2007.
Larry Weis, General Manager and Chief Executive Officer, Turlock, Calif., Irrigation District. TID provides both water and electricity to a fast-growing area in the Central Valley of California. The utility is one of the 30 largest public power utilities in the United States, serving more than 600,000 residents. Weis has 29 years of experience in the electric industry, including 20 years as a General Manager. TID is currently supplying 28 percent of its annual energy requirements from renewable resources.
David Wright, General Manager, City of Riverside, Calif., Public Utilities. Wright has 22 years of experience working for public utilities. Riverside Public Utilities serves more than 300,000 residents with an annual budget of more than $500 million. A Certified Public Accountant, Wright has a strong financial background and served as the Finance Director for San Diego County Water Authority and the City Controller for Riverside before taking on the role of Riverside’s Public Utility Chief Financial Officer in 1993. He took on the role of Deputy Director in 1998 and has been the General Manager of Riverside’s Public Utility since 2005.
The City will host a community meeting after the panels for the general public to meet the candidates. The session will be from 6 to 8 p.m. June 30 at Town Lake Center, Austin Energy’s headquarters at 721 Barton Springs Road in the Shudde Fath Assembly Room.