Utilities General Manager
Girish Balachandran is the new General Manager of Riverside Public Utilities (RPU). A 23-year veteran of California municipal utilities (including water, electric and natural gas) Balachandran comes to RPU after serving as General Manager of Alameda Municipal Power since 2007.
Prior to his tenure in Alameda, Balachandran served in a variety of capacities with the City of Palo Alto Utilities, including Assistant Director of Utilities, Resource Management; Manager, Supply Resources; and Resource Planner. He started his career as an analyst with Pasadena Water and Power
Balachandran led Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) through a series of changes that resulted in AMP recently being rated #1 in residential customer satisfaction. Under his leadership, AMP increased its bond rating from A- to A+; ended years of financial losses by selling a telecom system for $15 million; and increased customer satisfaction ratings every year. Balachandran also helped ensure that AMP is a state leader in renewable resources, and he coordinated the city’s local action plan for climate protection, increasing energy efficiency and implementing Alameda’s renewable power purchasing program.
Deputy General Manager/COO
Stephen H. Badgett is the Deputy General Manager and Chief Operating Officer of Riverside Public Utilities. Badgett has been with Riverside Public Utilities for more than 23 years, serving in various management and executive roles including Interim General Manager. He has been working in the public utilities sector for more than 39 years.
Mr. Badgett presently manages over 600 employees in all aspects of a full service water and electric utility, including Finance, Service Delivery, Public Relations, Human Resources, and Legislative Affairs. The organization plans, designs, constructs, operates and maintains the utility, with an annual budget of over $500 million, and a service area of 100 square miles with over 300,000 residents. Working with an elected Mayor and City Council and appointed Board of Public Utilities, he directs the development and implementation of the corporate strategy and policy for Riverside Public Utilities, to ensure customer satisfaction and economic development in the city.
Badgett is a graduate of the Tennessee State Technical Institute and the University of Memphis with degrees in architectural and electrical engineering respectively. He also completed the Executive Management Program from the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Riverside; is a graduate of Leadership Riverside; and holds a California electric contractor's license.
Badgett sits on the California Municipal Utilities Association Board of Governors and the Southern California Public Power Authority Board of Directors as well as a member of numerous water and electric agencies and committees.
A true believer in community involvement, Badgett volunteers his time to a number of local interests including; the Board of Advisors to the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Riverside; the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce’s Leadership Riverside Steering Committee; and the Western Municipal Water District's Customer Advisory Committee.
Assistant General Manager - Water
Kevin S. Milligan is the Assistant General Manager in charge of Water Delivery for Riverside Public Utilities. Most recently, he served as Interim Deputy General Manager, and as Assistant General Manager - Energy.
He started his career with RPU in 1984 as an entry level engineering aide, advancing steadily to principal water engineer before joining the executive management staff in 2005.
He is a registered professional engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Redlands.
Milligan is a lifelong resident of Riverside. He attended local Riverside schools and graduated from Arlington High School.
He is active in local, regional, and national water industry groups, including the Water Management Committee of the Association of California Water Agencies and the Management and Regulatory Committees of the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies. He is a member of the American Water Works Association, the American Society of Civil Engineers, Engineers Without Borders – USA, and the Environmental and Water Resources Institute.
He currently serves on the board of directors for the Gage Canal Company and the Meeks and Daley Water Company. He is also a member of the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District Advisory Commission on Water Policy.
Milligan is married with four children and is involved in many of their sports activities, including acting as the treasurer of the “Tidal Waves”, a nonprofit Riverside swim team.
Assistant General Manager
Michael J. Bacich serves as the Assistant General Manager of Customer Relations and Marketing for Riverside Public Utilities (RPU) and is the Sustainability Officer for the City of Riverside.
His position oversees the management of business relations, public benefits, marketing, sustainability programs, customer service and field services related to metering.
Since 1999, Bacich has played an instrumental role in RPU’s marketing, media and public communications, public benefits, educational outreach, and sustainability efforts for the City. Bacich is in charge of directing and coordinating the implementation of the City’s progressive Green Action Plan, an 18-point plan that addresses the City’s sustainable goals for photovoltaic power, greenhouse gas reduction and efficiency.
Currently, he serves as the Region 6 Director of the American Public Power Association’s Demonstration of Energy-Efficient Developments (DEED) Board, representing California, Arizona, and Nevada. He is also a member of the Sustainable Communities Coalition, and serves on the board of ARC of Riverside County, a non-profit devoted to improving the welfare of those with developmental disabilities.
He is also a member of Public Relations Society of America, and the American Marketing Association and hosts a weekly radio show about sustainability issues.
In the community, he is a graduate of the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce Leadership Riverside class of 2005, and graduated with a degree in political science from the University of California, Riverside.
Asst. GM Finance/Administration
Laura Chavez-Nomura is the Assistant General Manager, Finance/Administration for Riverside Public Utilities. Her areas of responsibility currently include overseeing all utility financial-related activities, including operating and capital budgets, accounting and financial reporting, financial forecasting, bond issuances, internal and external audits, rate administration and rate structuring, and utility billing.
Chavez-Nomura started her public service career in 1998 when she joined RPU as a Principal Analyst for finance and rates. Before serving in her current role, Chavez-Nomura also served as Finance Director for the California cities of Hemet and Irwindale and also served as the Controller for the City of Riverside.
Prior to joining public service, Chavez-Nomura worked as an audit manager for McGladrey & Pullen, LLP, a national accounting and management consulting firm that operates through 90 locations in the United States. Her primary focus was local government: cities, special districts and joint powers agencies.
Chavez-Nomura holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from California State University, Fullerton, and is a Certified Public Accountant. Chavez-Nomura serves on various committees of the Southern California Public Power Authority, the Intermountain Power Project, and San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.
She is member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, Government Finance Officers Association, and is the current President of the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers Association.
Assistant General Manager
Reiko Kerr is the Assistant General Manager, Resources for Riverside Public Utilities, and is a certified public accountant. Her areas of responsibility currently include resource planning, market operations, power generation, contracts (energy, gas and transmission), joint projects, and regulatory compliance relating to wholesale energy and transmission activities under the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, California Independent System Operator, California Energy Commission and North American Electric Reliability Corporation.
Kerr started her public service career in 2000 when she joined RPU’s management team. Before serving in her current role, Kerr also served as RPU’s Assistant General Manager, Finance/Administration, Finance/Rates Manager; Energy Risk Manager, Assistant Chief Financial Officer; and Resources Contracts/Projects Manager.
In addition to those outlined above, her areas of responsibility have also included all aspects of financial management for both the electric and water utilities including: financial planning, budgeting, financial reporting, debt issuance, rates administration and development, utility billing, customer service, field service, and information technology.
Kerr serves on various committees of the Southern California Public Power Authority, the Intermountain Power Project, San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, and the Mead-Adelanto and Mead-Phoenix Transmission projects.
She is member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Institute of Management Accountants, and is a Charter Member of the Association of Women in Water, Energy and the Environment.
Established in 1895, Riverside Public Utilities is a consumer-owned water and electric utility governed by a Board of nine community volunteers that provides high quality, reliable services to over 107,500 metered electric customers and 64,500 metered water customers throughout the City of Riverside.
The Utility is committed to increased use of renewable energy resources and sustainable living practices that help reduce environmental impacts within the City of Riverside and the state of California.
In addition to maintaining some of the lowest water and electric rates in Southern California, Riverside Public Utilities is proud to offer its customers a variety of programs that provide valuable rebates and services.
All are designed to serve the needs of our customers and help promote a thriving community in which to live and work.