The Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners appointed Christopher Garner as General Manager of the Long Beach Water Department on September 3, 2015. He reports directly to the Long Beach Board of Water Commissioners.
Mr. Garner oversees the day to day operation and business activity of one of the most reliable and advanced municipal retail water agencies in the country. Mr. Garner leads a team of over 230 water system professionals in regulating the sale, use, and distribution of water in the city of Long Beach, California's seventh largest city. The Department operates one of the largest groundwater treatment facilities in the United States.
Mr. Garner has been with the City of Long Beach organization for 30 years. He transferred to the Gas Department in 1987 and was a leader in the energy industry for twenty-seven years. Through the years, Mr. Garner has held the management positions of Gas Acquisition and Transportation Officer, Superintendent of Gas Supply and Regulatory Affairs, Manager of Business Operations and Gas Supply, and Manager of Energy Services before he held the position of the Gas Department’s General Manager for sixteen years.
With great grandparents moving to Long Beach over a hundred years ago, Chris Garner was born, raised, and educated in Long Beach.
Mr. Garner received a B.S. and M.S. in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University.