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    General Manager, Gurcharan Bawa  


    On March 6, 2017, Gurcharan Bawa was officially announced as the General Manager of Pasadena Water and Power. He previously held the Interim General Manager title for seven months as the City of Pasadena conducted a nation-wide recruitment. 

    Mr. Bawa joined PWP in 1992 as an Associate Environmental Engineer. Prior to his appointment as General Manager,  he was the Assistant General Manager of Power Supply, ensuring a reliable and cost-effective supply of power for Pasadena. He oversaw the City’s local power plant and the Glenarm Power Plant Repowering Project, which will allow PWP to reduce fuel consumption and emissions while increasing reliability. Mr. Bawa was also responsible for incorporating renewable energy resources into Pasadena’s overall energy portfolio. In addition, he managed legislative and regulatory affairs related to power generation and transmission.  

    Mr. Bawa is a licensed professional engineer in mechanical and civil engineering. In 2014, he was selected to participate in the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. 

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    Deputy General Manager, Eric Klinkner

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    A 23-year veteran in the utility industry, Mr. Klinkner has been with Pasadena Water and Power since 1995, a community-owned utility serving more than 125,000 customers. His utility experience covers a wide range that includes power generation, transmission, trading and scheduling, water and power conservation, renewable resource procurement, and environmental and strategic policy development. Early in his career, Mr. Klinkner was instrumental in preparing Pasadena’s electric system for deregulation and participation in the California Independent System Operator markets.

    In 2000, Mr. Klinkner was promoted to Assistant General Manager of Power Supply where he guided Pasadena through the energy crisis and was instrumental in diversifying Pasadena’s power supply to include a variety of renewable sources and more efficient local generation. In 2004, Mr. Klinkner was selected as Deputy General Manager, where he spearheaded significant increases in Pasadena’s energy efficiency, water conservation, and solar incentive programs. Today, Pasadena ranks amongst the highest levels of energy efficiency and renewable resource goals in the state.

    Previously, Mr. Klinkner worked for LADWP and Rockwell International. He holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in mechanical engineering from California State University-Northridge and is a state registered professional engineer. In 2008, he was selected to participate in the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Mr. Klinkner serves on the Board of the Southern California Public Power Authority, the Intermountain Power Authority Coordinating Committee, and is a member of the Pasadena Rotary Club.


    Assistant General Manager - Finance, Shari Thomas

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    Shari M. Thomas joined Pasadena Water and Power (PWP) in January 2006 and began her career with the City of Pasadena in 2002 as the Deputy Director of Finance. Currently serving as the PWP Assistant General Manager for Finance, Ms. Thomas is responsible for financial planning and budgeting, cost of service analysis, rate setting, PWP information technology, customer service and billing, materials management, safety, energy risk management, and settlements.

    More recently, Ms. Thomas served as Interim General Manager position for a six-month period from January to July 2016.

    Prior to her career at PWP, Ms. Thomas worked for the City of Riverside for nearly 15 years in various financial positions. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Accounting and Finance and attended the University of Wisconsin’s Advanced Governmental Finance Institute. 



    Special Assistant to the General Manager - Power Delivery, Stephen Badgett

     Stephen Badgett   

    Stephen Badgett is currently supporting PWP as the Special Assistant to the General Manager for Power Delivery. Mr. Badgett has worked in the public sector for more than 40 years. Prior to joining Pasadena, he served the city of Riverside in a number of executive positions including Interim Assistant City Manager responsible for Public Safety, Utilities, Parks, Museum & Cultural Affairs, Library, Human Resources, and General Services.  The majority of his time with the city was with Riverside  Public Utilities, the 5th largest Publicly Owned Utility in California and the 25th largest in the nation, serving as the Interim General Manager, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy General Manager.  In those roles Badgett managed all aspects of a publicly owned full service water and electric utility.  With an annual budget of nearly $1 billion he was responsible for Finance, Service Delivery, Customer Relations, Human Resources, and Legislative Affairs.



    PWP Organization

    PWP is divided into several Business Units. To learn more about the operation and function of a particular business unit select one of the following:

     General Manager's Office 

    • Business & Community Relations
    • Customer Programs (Sustainability, Public Benefits, Bill Assistance)
    • Media Relations & Marketing Communications
    • Legislative Affairs

    Power Supply 

    • Procurement
    • Environmental Affairs
    • Power Plant

    Power Delivery 

    • Underground
    • Overhead
    • Engineering
    • Dispatch

    Water Services 

    • Engineering
    • Field
    • Metering

    Finance, Administration, and Customer Service 

    • Finance
    • Administration
    • Customer Service
    • Billing
    • Metering
    • Utility Information Technology
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