Ronald F. Deaton, chief of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, was hospitalized in Costa Rica over the weekend with an irregular heartbeat, officials announced Monday.
In a statement released Monday, the DWP said that "Deaton suffered what doctors have described as a serious cardiac arrhythmia" on Friday night while on vacation with his family.
The statement continued: "Ron is currently in an intensive care unit in a Costa Rican hospital with his family by his side. He is receiving excellent care. His family is encouraged by his progress and, though his condition is quite serious, they are hopeful that he will make a full recovery. The Deaton family is currently making plans to return Ron to Los Angeles as his condition permits."
Deaton, 64, was appointed to head the nation's largest municipal utility in late 2004 by then-Mayor James K. Hahn. Deaton, a 42-year employee with the city, previously served as the top advisor to the City Council in his role as the city's chief legislative analyst.