BREAKING: Anaheim City Manager Marcie Edwards Offered Top Job At Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

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Courtesy of the LA Times

This was unexpected. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is recommending Anaheim City Manager Marcie Edwards to be the next General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

Edwards has accepted, although she must be confirmed (or rejected) by the Los Angeles City Council, which could take a month.

Edwards was appointed interim city manager in May of 2013, and become the permanent city manager two months later on July 2. Prior to that, she has been general manager of the Anaheim Public Utilities since 2001, and served simultaneously as assistant city manager from 2009 to 2011 under then-City Manager Tom Wood. She came to Anaheim from the DWP.

Anaheim Mayor Pro Tem Kris Murray had this to say:

“It is always hard to lose a great talent like Marcie Edwards. But at the same time I am incredibly proud that she is being recognized for this historic appointment. It affirms that Anaheim is led by the best and the brightest and that our City Council was right to entrust the management of our city to a professional of her caliber.

“Her leadership stabilized the city at a critical time and should she be confirmed for this appointment, I am confident the city has a strong bench of successors and department heads to carry on her hard work in Anaheim.”

I’m sure some might spin this as Edwards looking to bail out of Anaheim city government’s fractured politics, but the reality is that for someone of her background, this is a historic opportunity and she’d be crazy to pass up the chance to run the LA DWP. She’ll be the first woman general manager of the largest municipal utility in the country and get to follow in the footsteps of William Mulholland.

At the same time, Anaheim will be getting its fourth city manager in fewer than four years.

Given what is in the hopper – Convention Center expansion, Angels negotiations, union negotiations, charter amendments and single-member districts on the ballot, not to mention what are shaping up to be contentious mayoral and council campaigns — my hunch is Assistant City Manager Paul Emery will be made interim city manager through the election, after which a formal search could be done. At least, that would be the sensible thing to do.

This is the second time this week an Orange County official has been tapped to take over a large LA department: a few days ago it was announced OC Undersheriff John Scott would take over as Interim LA County Sheriff.

UPDATED: Here’s the LA Times story:

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.

You can the read the rest here.


8 comments

  1. Four city managers in four years? This many managers in so brief a period usually indicates less than favorable working conditions. Is the work environment at city hall unhealthy? Has the press been silent about leadership and personnel problems? Or is it just coincidental that our city government hires a city manager annually?

  2. OC officials are taking over some of the big government institutions in LA. Former OCTA CEO Art Leahy runs the Metro system, now John Scott at LASD and Marcie Edwards at LA DWP.

    • Lifelong Anaheim resident

      Those who know Marcie also know she started her career at DWP and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for her and a smart decision by LA. There is nothing to read into – people should simply be happy for her.

  3. Congratulations Marcie Edwards! LADWP needs your talent! You did an excellent job in Anaheim for many years and we were blessed by your outstanding leadership. LADWP is having serious problems with their billing system and I am so happy City Manager Edwards will correct that and the many problems with LADWP. Perfect timing!

  4. Completely agree with Lifelong Anaheimer below. There is nothing negative to be said about this. LA is lucky to get her soneone like Marcie. She’s making history and she deserves that honor. Sad for Anaheim but it will be amazing to watch her fix DWP

  5. Dear Leroy Baca January 21 2016
    I’ve been trying to get ahold of you just to touch bases with you its obvious I kept my end of it sure I took the deal to help the federal bureau of investigations and you would be amazed of what I syphoned out of that sentence with the sole intentions of integrity to help the federal bureau of investigations prevail as a fed that’s what we do sure nice little camping trip that what military and everyone else does its about perception with multiple hats with being about to understand human behavior with code language and knowledge I went in as a loaded gun and I’m glad I’m not about greed I done all of it 100 % for free not a penny was given to me as everyone else whines and snivels about stuff it takes bravery if it’s about money keep it bath your selves I’m it the part I don’t like is the lies and the tarnish of my reputation
    Where your deputy wanted to discredit me nice try for the rest of my life my eyes are peeled and I sure in the hell know what it looks like it takes a act if ignorance to play deputy Neil with la mirada I’m way ahead of the entire big picture I’m talking about over one hundred trillion dollars worth of information for free that’s priceless
    I’m writing a documentary on it I sure in the hell have the entire story to fill I’m the blanks I’m with the federal bureau of investigations 100 % with any issue they have regardless of what ever it is we have alot In common with issues I’m 100 % against corruption I’m not in favor of lies I came out the winner I created a test for communication and it’s obvious I’m not shy and I’m not with that BS either you know where I stand on issues by heart I fully understand from your perspective of why you do and don’t do certain things like the back of my hands I asked Neil contact the federal bureau of investigations fbi director Robert Mueller for a reason I was on my own investigations and I was onto the sinolia drug cartel and here comes deputy Neil dumb as a box of rocks for Cheri ives with for a very prejudice city with Christina abanese district attorney and the mayor regardless they are caught with their pants down I wrote to president Barack Obama with 900 names pluss tons of information and said watch the sheriff’s department will cash in on the information I left behind and when I get our I’m going to write the city of la mirada and district attorney Christina abanese is going to write Laurie and say is he using drugs I sent Christina abanese live ammunition a complete list 100 % with accuracy and with that information entailed in it was thar message I told president Barack Obama if I’m meant to be a fbi agent god will make this happen for me and I predicted everything and you know what everything I forecasted happened you know why it’s god given talents remember that word PROVEN I’m sure you do honestly I gave a damn about public saftey and the arresting officer didn’t the words were never to be touched and someone pulled a political card you know what I turned over enough to prove law enforcements into criminals with president Barack Obama remember the news lawenforcements are the problem he meant it between the federal bureau of investigations and The Barack Obama administration and the CIA theirs alot of intel and it’s the largest Gun In the world not a phony pony show real guns real live ammunition and I’m with them 100 % on any issues they stand for I my self believe in everything they stand for hell let me read the mission statements let me be a CIA operative I know I would never bring tarnish to my badge neither would I for our country it’s united we stand in the United States of america remember that .

    Sincerely and respectfully submitted
    Buddy george
    2018 w Woodcrest ave
    Fullerton California 92833

    LEROY BACA SHERIFF  1,21,2016
    The following deserves your attention I signed a life time contract with you and held my end of the deal with tarnish and shine ethics with samepage with core values what the hell happened with la mirada contracted deputy Neil obviously he’s not about the core he’s about tarnish and not shine what makes no damn sense I thought for sure you had my back I know for a fact if you would have had contact with the federal bureau of investigations it would have never have had happened I literally took a deal to prevent tarnish to Robert Mueller fbi director out of respect for his high trusted position unlike alot of people that can care less about the CIA I’m a big fan of david Petraeus and John Brennan and I’m sure in the hell not with all that corruption I’m not a criminal and sure in the don’t think like one hell let me be a CIA operative that works with community relations that deals with the lawenforcements and chains of commands I would iron that out real quick they would be no two sides of the fence being played by any law enforcements and their wouldn’t be any need for it either I wrote to you about Neil and I wrote to Robert Mueller fbi director about Neil as well and no cared about what it is I was onto hell you mise well have just gave El chapa the keys to the jail the problem is everyone plays know it all not a care in the world for public saftey it’s like everyone is either money Hungary or blood thirsty with not a care in the world for tax payers either
    Mise well just be one organized crime ring that just loves lies right under your noses they done it was it worth it for that political pony show with Los Angeles county superior court with judge Espinoza and Sgt Neil who is a proven perjury case with that police report with favoritism that stems with Cheri ives and Lynette O’Brien and the la mirada district attorney Christina abanese and Ann harkinson and Susan Hill with that faulty unwise judgement that still has the harassment going with probation DPO TOM BYRD Out of Neil carelessness and lack of regard for federalism he made a decision for the federal bureau of investigations and now la mirada is playing victim with probation and the probation stipulations are not to contact the following
    1)the city of la mirada
    2)Fullerton Police Department
    3) la habra police department
    4)California rehabilitation center Norco state prison
    Do these people know and understand it was my communication with the federal bureau of investigations that took alot of stuff off the streets I done it online so how Is that no matter what deputy Neil prevented that communication all the training in the world and it’s a vigorous liars match  out of prejudice for the federal bureau of investigations and yet they still are trying to stand by those guns here’s my guns with the federal bureau of investigations,
    1)Nick casper sendis
    2)Roger rogelio sendis
    3)baller tapia
    4)big john la habra
    5)quinn
    6)350 phone contacts up to the line of sinolia drug cartel to Robert Mueller fbi director
    7) Atleast 3 firearms trafficking cases
    8)45 million dollars
    9)22 tons of Marijuana 
    10) $750,000
    11)over 600 pounds of methamphetamine
    12)over 300 kilos of cocain
    13)180 counts of frauds
    14) over a million dollars with the Roger rogelio sendis and roman
    15)Pandoras box with leroy Baca
    This is just a glimpse of the truth as a federal man that helped the federal bureau of investigations

    Sincerely and respectfully submitted
    Buddy george
    2018 w Woodcrest ave
    Fullerton California 92833

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