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ANAHEIM, CA - (February 26, 2014) - At last night's City Council meeting, Anaheim City Manager Marcie Edwards tendered her resignation, effective March 3 , 2014 due to her recent appointment as General Manager for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), the largest municipally owned utility in the country.
"We are grateful to Marcie for her years of service to the City of Anaheim," said Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait. "This is a wonderful opportunity, and my Council colleagues and I fully support this new chapter in her professional career. We wish her and her family all the best."
Edwards has a rich history in the utility industry. As General Manager of Anaheim Public Utilities from 2001-2013, she led Orange County's only municipally owned utility, and implemented innovative and best practices to serve the customer's water and electric needs efficiently and cost-effectively. She was unanimously approved by the Anaheim City Council to be Anaheim's City Manager on July 23, 2013.
She will return to the LADWP, the organization from where she began her professional career as a 19-year-old clerk typist. Her father, uncle and grandfather also worked for the LADWP for a combined 100 years. At LADWP, she advanced from craft level positions in the 1970's, to management in the late 80's. She rose to the position of an Assistant General Manager at LADWP with experience in oversight of electric operations, engineering, transmission line construction and maintenance, and overall utility customer service, as well as managed a $1.3 billion budget and approximately 3,000 employees in two major Divisions.
In related action at last night's City Council meeting, the Anaheim City Council appointed Assistant City Manager Paul Emery to the position of Interim City Manager.
Emery's municipal management experience spans more than 25 years. He joined the City of Anaheim on December 12, 2012 as Assistant City Manager. As Assistant City Manager, Emery led citywide initiatives and implemented City Council policy in serving Anaheim's residents, businesses and visitors.
From 2001-2012 he worked for the City of Huntington Beach, including as the Deputy City Manager for six years, as well as one year as interim City Administrator. His responsibilities included oversight of the city's budget and long-term financial plan, negotiation with employee bargaining units, and facilitation of major private and public projects. Emery led his departments and the city with the vision to manage projects and people to best serve its customers.
From 1988-2001 Emery worked for the City of Santa Ana, and was primarily involved with the city's Public Works department and transportation capital projects.
California born and raised, Emery holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from California State University, Fullerton, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California, Davis.
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