Pasadena Water and Power Announces Assistant General Manager of Water Delivery

Published : Friday, February 9, 2018 | 9:44 AM

Mitchell Dion, Assistant General Manager – Water Delivery

Mitchell Dion, Assistant General Manager – Water Delivery

Pasadena Water and Power (PWP) appointed Mitchell Dion as its new Assistant General Manager (AGM) of Water Delivery. Dion will fill the position left by the previous Water AGM Shan Kwan, who retired in May 2016.

Dion has extensive experience in the utility industry and has held senior management positions in both publicly and privately-owned utilities. As a former General Manager of water utilities in Northern and Southern California, Dion brings a distinctive perspective of California water issues to PWP. A champion of water resource stewardship, he led several local and regional programs for communities to implement integrated practices using stormwater, reclaimed water and other water supplies to balance water needs. Additionally, he assisted communities with water development and portfolio diversification projects, including Seattle’s Tolt River Project and the San Diego County Water Authority Carlsbad Desalination Project.

Dion was hired after a nationwide search, and as the Assistant General Manager of Water Delivery, Dion will be responsible for all aspects of Pasadena’s water system services, which include resources, engineering, construction, operations and water quality. “I look forward to assisting PWP implement their strategic objectives and advance the community interests in water resources,” said Mitchell Dion.

“Mitch Dion’s proven track record of success and commitment to the water industry makes him a great fit for Pasadena and we are excited to have him as part of our executive team,” said PWP General Manager Gurcharan Bawa.

Dion holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering. He served in the Marines and his extensive military career includes a combination of engineering and policy decision making. He also worked within the State and Federal legislature. Additionally, his water development experience includes addressing groundwater contamination and mitigation from military and research facilities. His awards include recognition by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for emergency management and the Association of Civil Engineers for overseeing design and construction of environmentally sustainable facilities.

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