Chad Augustin Is Named Pasadena Fire Chief

Chad Augustin

Chad Augustin, a deputy fire chief in Sacramento, will become the Pasadena Fire Department’s leader effective Feb. 22.
The appointment of Augustin, who will oversee 190 full-time employees and an annual department budget of $55.5 million as Pasadena fire chief, was announced recently by the city.
Augustin began his career with the Sacramento Fire Department as a firefighter paramedic and has risen through the ranks over the last 20 years, serving in a wide range of areas. They include training, fire prevention, administration, human resources, professional standards, operations and emergency medical services.

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City Appoints New PWP General Manager

Gurcharan Bawa

City Manager Steve Mermell recently announced the appointment of Gurcharan Bawa as the new general manager for the city’s Water and Power Department. Bawa has been with Pasadena Water and Power since 1992, when he joined as an associate engineer.
Bawa advanced steadily through the department with a variety of jobs, becoming assistant general manager for Power Supply in 2007 and as interim general manager since July 2016. He will oversee a department of about 440 full-time employees and an annual budget of about $272 million. PWP currently provides the power and water needs of the city’s residents and businesses, including about 65,000 electric accounts in Pasadena and 40,000 water accounts in Pasadena and portions of Altadena.
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