By Austin Business Journal

Former California irrigation district manager and CEO Larry Weis was named Austin Energy's new general manager, officials announced during a press conference this morning.

He was one of two finalists after Burbank Water and Power General Manager Ronald Davis dropped out of the race at the last minute. Weis replaces Roger Duncan who retired earlier this year. Assistant City Manager Robert Goode has filled the role on an interim basis since February.

Weis is relocating from Turlock, Calif. He beat out competing finalist David Wright, who leads the City of Riverside, Calif.'s public utilities. He has more than 29 years experience in the electricity industry.

Previous to the appointment, a delegation of city staff and community members interviewed business leaders, environmental advocates, staff members and board members of the Turlock Irrigation District. The utility serves more than 600,000 residents and has a $460 million operating budget. Austin Energy manages a $1.3 billion budget and serves 900,000 people.

â¿¿It was the unanimous feeling of the group that Larry is not only qualified to lead Austin Energy, but is an ideal candidate to lead the utility through the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead," Austin City Manager Marc Ott said in a statement.

"He clearly has the heart, passion and intellect to honor and foster the innovative spirit that has come to define Austin Energy."

Weis will assume his new job Sept. 27 with a $285,00 salary. He is currently paid $277,188.

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