PWP ExecutivesGeneral 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.
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.
Mr. Barber joined PWP in May 1986 as a Lineman. He is currently the Acting Assistant General Manager, responsible for managing the design and construction of capital improvement and maintenance programs in Power Distribution. In his 37 years of utility experience, he has worked as a Line Crew Foreman, Power Distribution Section Supervisor, Power Distribution Superintendent and Power Delivery Operations Manager. Mr. Barber has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management.
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