The Los Angeles City Council last month confirmed the appointment of David H. Wright as General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), the largest municipally-owned water and electric utility in the nation.
Wright had been nominated by Mayor Eric Garcetti and approved by the Board of Water and Power Commissioners in August. He succeeds outgoing LADWP General Manager Marcie Edwards who served as LADWP chief since March 2014. Edwards who is staying through the end of the year in an advisory role, recruited Wright.
“I am honored and excited to accept this position and will be fully dedicated to meeting LADWP’s goals to accelerate replacement of infrastructure, bring more sustainable sources of water and power to LA, and improving how we serve our customers,” Wright said shortly after being confirmed by the City Council.
Wright had recently served as Interim General Manager since August 16, 2016. Prior to that, he had served as Chief Operating Officer and has been with LADWP since February 2015. As LADWP’s Chief Operating Officer, Wright was responsible for Water and Power Systems, Customer Service and Information Technology Services, Supply Chain Services, Human Resources, Fleet Services, Equal Employment Opportunity Services and Communications, Marketing and Community Affairs.
Wright is recognized as an established utility industry executive with broad-based knowledge of both water and electric utility operations, having served as General Manager of Riverside Public Utilities for nearly ten years and as the Chief Financial Officer for the Las Vegas Valley Water District, the Southern Nevada Water Authority, and the Silver State Energy Association, overseeing a nearly $1 billion budget for the three water and electric organizations.