I just got the below email. I will comment on Ron later tonight when I return, but all I can say now is that all of his friends have out thoughts with both him and his family.
CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER'S STATEMENT REGARDING LADWP GENERAL MANAGER RONALD F. DEATON
LADWP Chief Administrative Officer Robert K. Rozanski released the following statement on July 9 regarding the condition of General Manager Ronald F. Deaton:
The following information is being provided to all LADWP employees, members of the larger City family and media regarding LADWP General Manager Ronald F. Deaton. The information was issued in coordination with the Deaton Family.
Last Friday night, while on vacation in Costa Rica with his family, LADWP General Manager Ronald F. Deaton suffered what doctors have described as a serious cardiac arrhythmia. Mr. Deaton is currently in an intensive care unit in a Costa Rica Hospital with his family by his side. He is receiving excellent care.
His family is encouraged by his progress and, though his condition is quite serious, they are hopeful that he will make a full recovery. The Deaton family is currently making plans to return Mr. Deaton to Los Angeles as his condition permits.
As a 42-year veteran executive at the City, Mr. Deaton has not only been an inspiring leader, but also a friend and mentor to so many of us, not only here at the DWP, but throughout City government and across Southern California. We remain in close contact with his family and are praying for his recovery.