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

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 GM 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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