Beutner is vowing to perform a thorough review of the DWP's finances and operations and make it more accountable to business and ratepayers. He will also lead the search for a permanent general manager of the DWP.
The Board of Water and Power Commissioners will review Beutner's nomination Tuesday.
The DWP has been without a permanent manager since H. David Nahai left to join the Clinton Climate Initiative.
Beutner has worked as first deputy mayor in a position created for him by the mayor for a salary of just $1. He said that he's willing to work practically for no compensation to fulfill the city's need.
He will continue to hold that post while serving as interim DWP general manager.