The head of Burbank Water and Power, Ron Davis, has emerged as a finalist for the top job at Austin Energy, the nation's ninth-largest public electric utility with annual revenues of more than $1 billion.
“I am happy in Burbank,” Davis said Thursday.
But he added that he originally agreed to serve five years under then City Manager Bud Ovrom.
"This is a good opportunity, so I am testing to see if I would be a good fit for them,” he said.
According to a statement from Austin City Manager Marc Ott, three finalists will take part in panel interviews on June 30. They include Davis; Larry Weis, general manager and chief executive of Turlock Irrigation District; and David Wright, general manager of Riverside Public Utilities.
Austin officials will also host a community meeting after the panels for the public to meet the candidates.
The candidates are vying to fill a vacancy left when Roger Duncan retired in March. The Austin Energy plant serves roughly 400,000 customers over 437-square miles.