Head of Los Angeles DWP to step down

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The head of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is stepping down after three years.

Mayor Eric Garcetti's office announced Thursday that General Manager Ron Nichols would leave the DWP at the end of the month.

His resignation comes as the DWP faces questions about $162 million it spent on a computerized billing system plagued with problems. The utility is also being audited over $40 million unaccounted for by two affiliated nonprofit institutes.

Nichols wrote in a letter to city leaders that he is leaving for "personal reasons."

Nichols said he wanted to stay on until the new mayor had completed his transition into office.

Garcetti thanked Nichols and said his administration would continue to reform the DWP to cut costs, improve customer service and increase transparency.