The general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has notified the agency's board members that he is in contention for a job with a private company.
David Wiggs Jr. took over the DWP in April 2001. If Wiggs quits, he will be the fourth general manager to resign from the post in less than a decade.
Board Vice Chairman Dominick Rubalcava said Wiggs has told board members that he is in discussions with a private firm to take over as head of the company. He said Wiggs indicated that he should know within a week or two whether he is leaving the DWP. "David has been a creature of the private sector," Rubalcava said. "This [DWP post] is his first public sector job. It may be a natural evolution for him to return there."
Wiggs was on vacation Wednesday and not available to comment, but a spokesman confirmed that Wiggs "is in discussion about another opportunity."
The City Council recently approved a series of pay raises for Wiggs that would boost his salary to $312,000 by 2004, the highest salary of any general manager in Los Angeles city government. The mayor earns $181,318.