via Glendale Water & Power Twitter feed:
We are saddened to announce the untimely passing of our former General Manager Steve Zurn. Steve cultivated a 34 year career with the City of Glendale as Director of Public Works and GWP General Manager. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones during this difficult time.
Mr. Zurn announced his retirement in November, 2020 and left his position on December 31, 2020. He was 59 years old.
Some background on Steve Zurn’s service to the City of Glendale via Outlook Newspapers:
The city named Zurn as the head of the utility in 2012, after he’d served as the interim general manager for around five months. At that time, he also was the city’s public works director, a job he started in 2003 and held through 2014.
His prior roles with the Public Works Department included budget officer, project manager, special project liaison and assistant director/chief administrative officer.
Under Zurn’s leadership, GWP earned a number of accolades and recognition as a full-service power and water agency, receiving a Smart Energy Provider designation and Community Service Award from the American Public Power Association and an efficiency award from the California Municipal Utilities Association. The agency also has continued to adopt a variety of “clean energy” programs by purchasing battery storage for solar energy and developing a plan to repurpose the Grayson Power Plant for renewable energy generation and storage.
Zurn will leave his post after successfully lobbying for adoption of one of his pet projects: a ban on the sale of helium-inflated Mylar balloons in town. Zurn has frequently decried the havoc he says the balloons wreak on the city’s power systems and made a point to highlight balloon-related outages and damage to the City Council.