Co-op promotes two

Published 10:22 pm Thursday, January 29, 2015

Community Electric Cooperative President/CEO Steven A. Harmon has announced the promotion of two employees.

Gregory S. Cook has been promoted to chief financial officer. Cook came to Community as vice president of administration and finance in 2006 from Plymouth, Ind., with 19 years of electric cooperative experience. He has experience as an auditor of rural electric cooperatives and as office manager at Marshall County Electric Membership Corp.

Cook holds a Bachelor of General Studies degree in business management and organizational behavior from Indiana University South Bend.

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Jonathan D. Thompson has been promoted to chief operations officer. Thompson, a Suffolk/Nansemond County native, has been with CEC since 2007 as engineering supervisor and most recently as interim vice president of engineering and operations. Prior to joining Community, Thompson was an electrical engineer with Bauer Compressors.

He is a 2005 graduate of Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and technology. As COO, Thompson will be responsible for supervising and coordinating all personnel and functions of the cooperative’s Operations Department, including engineering, service, construction, right of way, meter divisions and technology.

He was instrumental in planning and will continue to be a vital part of the Cooperative’s transition to an automated metering infrastructure from a self-read metering system.

Both Cook and Thompson are graduates of the Robert I. Kabat Management Internship Program at the University of Wisconsin, offered by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. The intensive program provides technical, conceptual and leadership training for high-level cooperative employees.

“I am highly confident that these new leadership promotions will help us to meet the challenges that electric cooperatives face today and to continue to safely provide our members exceptional, courteous and reliable services, at a competitive cost,” said Harmon.