Community Electric Cooperative welcomes new engineering manager

Published 10:30 pm Monday, December 3, 2018

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“It is with great pleasure I am able to announce that Scott Smith has joined Community Electric Cooperative as our new Manager of Engineering,” said Steve Harmon, chief executive officer and president at CEC. “Scott’s vast Cooperative experience in sustainable facilities operations and his member-centric hospitality background make him a fantastic addition to our team.”

Scott will be responsible for overseeing the design of electrical facilities, system planning, system wide improvements, and system mapping at Community Electric Cooperative’s service territory. “Scott’s experience and knowledge of the cooperative model should make a seamless transition to allow CEC to grow into the future and continuing to provide reliable affordable electricity,” said Jonathan Thompson, Chief Operations Officer at CEC.

Scott began his engineering career in Electrical Engineering in 2000 at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia. In 2004, he began his Cooperative career at Northern Neck Electric Cooperative, which serves the Virginia counties of Lancaster, Richmond, Westmoreland, Northumberland, King George and a small portion of Stafford, with approximately 18,500 meters and over 2,095 miles of line. Scott quickly advanced into management to preside over multiple teams, which developed strategic long range, planning, and safety initiatives. While at NNEC, Scott led a team of dedicated cooperative employees who were responsible for system planning, substation design and construction, SCADA, load management, power quality, distribution generation and GIS mapping. He established substation and apparatus maintenance programs and had daily oversight of the apparatus and metering department.

Scott is well versed in workplace safety, substation-distribution facilities, joint use, SCADA and load management. Under his guidance, NNEC developed and implemented multiple Construction Work Plans and a thirty year Long Range Plan.

“We are truly excited to have Scott’s expertise and leadership added to our team at Community Electric,” said Harmon. “One of our core values is to deliver superior value to our members – safely. Scott is a proven asset that will help us highlight just that.”

Scott, who will be joined in Windsor by his family, holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Old Dominion University and a Professional Licensure from the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Community Electric Cooperative, headquartered in Windsor, is a not-for-profit member-owned energy provider that serves over 11,000 homes, farms and businesses in the counties of Isle of Wight, Southampton, Surry, and Sussex and the City of Suffolk. For more information, go to


JESSICA PARR is manager of communications for CEC. Contact her at or 242-9255.