David H. Wright was named the General Manager of Riverside Public Utilities in February of 2005 and oversees all electric and water operations for the City of Riverside, which serves a population of more than 300,000.
Wright has been with the City of Riverside since 1988, and previously served as City Controller, as well as the Utilities' Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Director. Throughout this time Wright has:
As a long-time resident of the City of Riverside, Wright has also been an active member of a variety of area professional and community organizations including: the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce Board of Directors; the Orange Blossom Festival Board; Mayor's Multi-Cultural Task Force; Community Health Corporation Board; Leadership Riverside Steering Committee; California Society of Municipal Financial Officers Association; Political Action Coalition for Elections; and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
In 2010, Wright was appointed by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the state’s Health Professions Education Foundation Board of Trustees.
Wright, who has also worked as a Certified Public Accountant, holds a BA and MBA from California State University, Fullerton.
Deputy General Manager
Stephen H. Badgett is the Deputy General Manager of Riverside Public Utilities. Badgett has been with Riverside Public Utilities for 22 years, serving in various management and executive roles. He has been working in the public utilities sector for more than 38 years.
As a member of the executive leadership team, he participates in the development and implementation of the corporate strategy and policy for Riverside Public Utilities. He is also responsible for all energy delivery functions, as well as corporate safety and inventory control.
The energy delivery division and related functions are made up of approximately 225 employees responsible for the engineering, construction, maintenance, and operation of the city's electric, streetlight, and telecommunication systems. At various times in his present position, Badgett has overseen RPU's legislative affairs, information technology, power generation, human resources, economic development, facilities management and business relations functions.
Badgett is a graduate of the Tennessee State Technical Institute and the University of Memphis with degrees in architectural and electrical engineering respectively. He also completed the Executive Management Program from the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Riverside; is a graduate of Leadership Riverside; and holds a California electric contractor's license.
Badgett has been a member of the American Public Power Association's Reliable Public Power Panel that grades publicly owned utilities on their proficiency in reliability, safety, training, and system improvement, as well as a past member of the California Independent System Operator's Transmission Maintenance Coordination Committee.
A true believer in community involvement, Badgett volunteers his time to a number of local interests including; the Board of Advisors to the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Riverside; the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce’s Leadership Riverside Steering Committee; and the Western Municipal Water District's Customer Advisory Committee.
Assistant General Manager
Michael J. Bacich serves as the Assistant General Manager of Customer Relations and Marketing for Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) and is the Sustainability Officer for the City of Riverside.
His position oversees the management of business relations, public benefits, marketing, sustainability programs, customer service and field services related to metering.
Since 1999, Bacich has played an instrumental role in RPU’s marketing, media and public communications, public benefits, educational outreach, and sustainability efforts for the City. Bacich is in charge of directing and coordinating the implementation of the City’s progressive Green Action Plan, an 18-point plan that addresses the City’s sustainable goals for photovoltaic power, greenhouse gas reduction and efficiency.
Currently, he serves as the Region 6 Director of the American Public Power Association’s Demonstration of Energy-Efficient Developments (DEED) Board, representing California, Arizona, and Nevada. He is also a member of the Sustainable Communities Coalition, and serves on the board of ARC of Riverside County, a non-profit devoted to improving the welfare of those with developmental disabilities.
He is also a member of Public Relations Society of America, and the American Marketing Association and hosts a weekly radio show about sustainability issues.
In the community, he is a graduate of the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce Leadership Riverside class of 2005, and graduated with a degree in political science from the University of California, Riverside.
Asst. GM Finance/Administration
Laura Chavez-Nomura is the Assistant General Manager, Finance/Administration for Riverside Public Utilities. Her areas of responsibility currently include overseeing all utility financial-related activities, including operating and capital budgets, accounting and financial reporting, financial forecasting, bond issuances, internal and external audits, rate administration and rate structuring, and utility billing.
Chavez-Nomura started her public service career in 1998 when she joined RPU as a Principal Analyst for finance and rates. Before serving in her current role, Chavez-Nomura also served as Finance Director for the California cities of Hemet and Irwindale and also served as the Controller for the City of Riverside.
Prior to joining public service, Chavez-Nomura worked as an audit manager for McGladrey & Pullen, LLP, a national accounting and management consulting firm that operates through 90 locations in the United States. Her primary focus was local government: cities, special districts and joint powers agencies.
Chavez-Nomura holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from California State University, Fullerton, and is a Certified Public Accountant. Chavez-Nomura serves on various committees of the Southern California Public Power Authority, the Intermountain Power Project, and San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.
She is member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, Government Finance Officers Association, and is the current President of the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers Association.
Assistant General Manager
Reiko Kerr is the Assistant General Manager, Resources for Riverside Public Utilities, and is a certified public accountant. Her areas of responsibility currently include resource planning, market operations, power generation, contracts (energy, gas and transmission), joint projects, and regulatory compliance relating to wholesale energy and transmission activities under the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, California Independent System Operator, California Energy Commission and North American Electric Reliability Corporation.
Kerr started her public service career in 2000 when she joined RPU’s management team. Before serving in her current role, Kerr also served as RPU’s Assistant General Manager, Finance/Administration, Finance/Rates Manager; Energy Risk Manager, Assistant Chief Financial Officer; and Resources Contracts/Projects Manager.
In addition to those outlined above, her areas of responsibility have also included all aspects of financial management for both the electric and water utilities including: financial planning, budgeting, financial reporting, debt issuance, rates administration and development, utility billing, customer service, field service, and information technology.
Kerr serves on various committees of the Southern California Public Power Authority, the Intermountain Power Project, San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, and the Mead-Adelanto and Mead-Phoenix Transmission projects.
She is member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Institute of Management Accountants, and is a Charter Member of the Association of Women in Water, Energy and the Environment.
Assistant General Manager
Kevin Milligan is the Assistant General Manager-Water for Riverside Public Utilities. He started his career with RPU in 1984 as an entry level engineering aide, advancing steadily to principal water engineer before joining the executive management staff in 2005.
He is a registered professional engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Redlands.
Milligan is a lifelong resident of Riverside. He attended local Riverside schools and graduated from Arlington High School.
He is active in local, regional, and national water industry groups, including the Water Management Committee of the Association of California Water Agencies and the Management and Regulatory Committees of the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies. He is a member of the American Water Works Association, the American Society of Civil Engineers, Engineers Without Borders – USA, and the Environmental and Water Resources Institute.
He currently serves on the board of directors for the Gage Canal Company and the Meeks and Daley Water Company. He is also a member of the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District Advisory Commission on Water Policy.
Milligan is married with four children and is involved in many of their sports activities, including acting as the treasurer of the “Tidal Waves”, a nonprofit Riverside swim team.
Established in 1895, Riverside Public Utilities is a consumer-owned water and electric utility governed by a Board of nine community volunteers that provides high quality, reliable services to over 105,000 metered electric customers and 63,000 metered water customers throughout the City of Riverside.
The Utility is committed to increased use of renewable energy resources and sustainable living practices that help reduce environmental impacts within the City of Riverside and the state of California.
In addition to maintaining some of the lowest water and electric rates in Southern California, Riverside Public Utilities is proud to offer its customers a variety of programs that provide valuable rebates and services.
All are designed to serve the needs of our customers and help promote a thriving community in which to live and work.
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