The general manager of Glendale Water & Power resigned Wednesday, citing personal reasons.
Glenn Steiger — who became general manager of the city-owned utility in 2008 — also stepped down from his post as president of the Southern California Public Power Authority, a joint powers organization that includes Glendale, Burbank and Pasadena.
Reached by phone after the announcement, Steiger said he did not immediately have plans for the future.
“I enjoyed my time at Glendale, I really did,” he said.
A city spokesman declined to elaborate on Steiger’s reasons for resigning, citing privacy considerations.
Steiger championed new technology during his tenure and was a key figure in bringing so-called smart meters to the city. Although controversial for some customers, the meters were hailed as a way to encourage people to cut back on electricity and pinpoint unknown water leaks, saving water.
The $70-million project — $20 million of which came from federal grants — “has been considered the best implementation of such technology in the country,” according to a city statement regarding Steiger’s resignation Wednesday.