Long Beach Water Department’s general manager to serve as board president of the California Municipal Utilities Association

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Water flows out of a drinking fountain at Calbrisas Park at California Avenue and Burnett Street in Signal Hill. The City has imposed a Level 1 water-supply shortage condition and has enforced various water-use restrictions, such as limiting all watering, including at city parks, to Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The restrictions come as the State passed strict, non-voluntary water-use regulations for cities to impose because of the ongoing drought in California.

The general manager of the Long Beach Water Department will serve as board president of the California Municipal Utilities Association, it was announced Tuesday, April 14.

The CMUA Board of Governors unanimously elected Chris Garner to head up the board for 2020-21.

The association represents 71 publicly owned water agencies and electric utilities statewide, who together provide water and electricity service to 70 and 25% of Californians, respectively.

Since 1932, the CMUA has represented the energy and water issues-related interests of California’s community-owned utilities before the California Legislature, the governor’s office and regulatory bodies, such as the California Energy Commission, California Air Resources Board, Department of Water Resources, California Independent System Operator and State Water Resources Control Board.

“It is an honor to be selected by the Board of Governors of CMUA to serve in this new role as board president,” Garner said. “I am eager to continue working closely with CMUA member agencies to facilitate the reliability, sustainability and affordability of energy and water resources for all Californians.”

In his post as general manager of the Long Beach Water Department, Garner oversees a staff of 230-plus and the day-to-day operations and business activities of the municipal utility.

The Long Beach native has worked for the city for 36 years, including 16 years as director of the Energy Resources Department before joining the Water Department in 2015.

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