Austin City Manager Marc Ottsaid in a Friday e-mail:
"I have concluded that Larry Weis, from the Turlock Irrigation District, is the best fit for Austin. The next step I’ll take to confirm this conclusion is to take a delegation of community members with me to Turlock to meet with Larry and members of his community. This last action will verify the "fit" that I spoke of earlier and will complete my evaluation process. I don’t expect that we’ll find any surprises in Turlock, but this level of due diligence is certainly necessary for this critical position. We’re currently scheduling this trip for next week."
TID Board President Rob Santos just flew in to San Francisco from a Vietnam vacation late Monday night only to get messages from recruiting firms requesting meetings with TID officials.
"I figured something was happening after hearing the messages from recruiting firms tonight," said TID President Santos.
Public Information Division Manager Michelle Reimers reported getting a call from a reporter and said that more information would be available Tuesday (TID’s Board of Directors Meeting).
The City of Austin announced 3 candidates to advance to the final stage in the selection process for Austin Energy’s General Manager position back in the middle of June. Turlock Irrigation District’s General Manager, Larry Weis is one of those candidates.
TID GM Larry Weis, along with fellow finalist Riverside Public Utilities Department GM David Wright, was questioned by multiple panels and then met the public at an open meeting on June 30, 2010 as part of the final stages of the selection process. Burbank Water and Power General Manager Ronald Davis withdrew from the hiring process after being offered a raise to stay with Burbank.
Austin Energy is the nation’s 9th largest community-owned electric utility. We serve 388,000 customers and a population of more than 900,000. We provide service within the City of Austin, Travis County, and a small portion of Williamson County.
Austin Energy powers the capital city of Texas through a diverse generation mix. Our portfolio includes nuclear, coal, natural gas, and renewable energy sources. That’s just over 2,600 megawatts (MW) of total generation.
We created the top performing renewable energy program in the nation. We own the nation’s first and largest green building program. And we’re home to one of the nation’s most comprehensive residential and commercial energy efficiency programs.