Feb 16,

City Manager Miguel Márquez appoints David Reyes as Acting PWP General Manager

Pasadena City Hall

PASADENA, Calif.— With the recent announcement of the departure of Pasadena Water and Power (PWP) General Manager Sidney Jackson, City Manager Miguel Márquez has appointed Assistant City Manager David Reyes as PWP’s Acting General Manager during the City’s recruitment process for a new General Manager. Márquez has also appointed Finance Director Matthew Hawkesworth to serve as Acting Assistant City Manager until a new General Manager has been hired.

Reyes serves as an Assistant City Manager (ACM) whose portfolio includes oversight of PWP. In this capacity, Reyes has worked closely with General Manager Sidney Jackson on various PWP priorities and projects. His appointment to the Acting General Manager assignment will allow these important priorities and projects to move forward without interruption. Reyes joined the City of Pasadena in 2012 as the Planning and Community Development Department’s Zoning Administrator. In 2013, he was promoted to Deputy Director and in 2016 served as the Department Director. In 2023, Reyes was appointed Assistant City Manager after serving in that role as Interim ACM for nine months. Reyes has more than 20 years of experience in the public sector. Prior to joining the City of Pasadena, he worked in a range of positions for the planning departments at the cities of Malibu, Santa Monica and Beverly Hills. He holds a bachelor’s degree in urban studies and planning from California State University, Northridge.

“David has worked very closely with Sidney over the course of the last year on major policy initiatives, staffing, capital improvement and infrastructure projects,” said City Manager Miguel Márquez. “I am confident that his knowledge, experience, energy, and leadership skills will keep the Department of Water and Power moving forward while we initiate a recruitment process for a new General Manager.”

Matthew Hawkesworth, the City’s Director of Finance, will be appointed Acting Assistant City Manager during Reyes’s time at the Department of Water and Power. He will maintain his position as Finance Director, which he has held since 2015, and will assume additional responsibilities within the City Manager’s Office to ensure continued progress on numerous City projects. Hawkesworth previously served as the Assistant City Manager for City of Rosemead for eight years where he oversaw the Finance, Human Resources, Public Works, Technology and Risk Management departments. Previously, he was the Finance Director/Treasurer for the City of Claremont for three years and worked in a variety of positions for the City of El Monte for nine years.

“I am confident these acting appointments will keep our momentum strong and continue the great work already in progress,” Márquez concluded.