GWP Leader to Retire After 34 Years With City

Steve Zurn

Steve Zurn announced this week he will retire as general manager of Glendale Water and Power on Dec. 31, marking the second retirement of a prominent city administrator this fall.
The departure of Zurn, who has been with the city for more than 34 years, follows longtime City Manager Yasmin Beers’ October exit. The city’s plan for possibly appointing an interim GWP leader and searching for Zurn’s successor was not immediately clear.
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.

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Lanterman to Host Jewel City Flute Choir

Darrin Thanves, conductor of the Jewel City Flute Choir

The Lanterman Historical Museum Foundation will once again host the Jewel City Flute Choir for a spring concert in the Lanterman gardens on Saturday, May 20, at 2 p.m. The flute choir is directed by Darrin Thaves, a local conductor and musician who has an extensive background in music.
Thaves is a flute instructor at Cal State Long Beach and plays with the Northwest Sinfonietta. He is an honors graduate of the University of Puget Sound with a bachelor’s degree in music and a master’s in flute performance from Cal State Long Beach.
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