On September 18, city Council confirmed the appointment of Steve Zurn as the permanent General Manager of Glendale Water & Power (GWP). Mr. Zurn has served as the Interim General Manager of Glendale Water & Power since May 2012. “Steve’s performance following his appointment as Interim General Manager, his longevity with the City and performance as the Director of Public Works were deciding factors,” said City Manager Scott Ochoa. “Since taking over as Interim General Manager, Mr. Zurn has executed strong leadership and implemented programs that are fiscally responsible that will serve our community well.”
Zurn has provided dedicated service to the residents of Glendale for 25 years; he has served as the Director of Public Works for the past 9 years. Within the Public Works Department, he has held the positions of Budget Officer, Project Manager, Special Project Liaison and Assistant Director/Chief Administrative Officer.
“During his tenure, Steve’s ongoing display of accountability and strong management style has proven to be the essential qualities needed to lead GWP,” said Mayor Frank Quintero.
Zurn will remain the Director of Public Works as he assumes the permanent role as General Manager of Glendale Water and Power. Although he will manage both, they will remain independent operations within the City’s municipal services structure.
Zurn graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and from the California StateUniversity, Long Beach, with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Steve has two daughters Megan, 25, and Mariah, 19.
Glendale Water & Power Department is a municipal utility that serves the citizens and community of Glendale, California including over 35,000 water and 88,000 electric customers. GWP’s vision is to provide our customers with reliable and sustainable water and power services that are cost effective and innovative. The Department helps our residents and businesses become stewards of the planet’s natural resources and to wisely manage energy costs at home and at work through our 29 community programs, residential water and energy efficiency programs, and business programs.
Glendale Public Works Department provides service and maintenance of 350 miles of streets; 360 miles of sewers; 47,000 parkway trees; 3,679 storm catch basins; 50 debris basins; 30 miles of alleys; 60 multi-space parking meters and 2,000 single space parking meters; 40,000 signs; and 226 traffic signals and 9 flashing beacons. Maintenance of the City’s 600 miles of curbs includes street sweeping, curb marking, and curb and gutter repair. Their mission is to provide the highest quality public works services to the public and other City Departments through balanced efforts to maintain a cost effective operation. Their mission is delivering quality and innovation in every aspect of their operation.