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Santee Cooper Names Former General Counsel as Interim CEO

By Editors of Power Engineering

The Santee Cooper Board of Directors named former company general counsel and executive vice president James E. Brogdon Jr. interim president and CEO. Brogdon retired from Santee Cooper in 2014.

Brogdon will, at least temporarily, take the place of the state-owned utility’s current president and CEO Lonnie Carter, who announced his retirement in August.

Brogdon, also a former South Carolina Circuit Court judge, joined Santee Cooper in 2005 and led the utility’s successful resolution of the Santee River flooding litigation, securing a $250 million recovery. He is also credited for significant contributions to Santee Cooper’s ability to extend its contract through 2058 with Central Electric Power Cooperative, the utility’s largest customer.

“Jim is uniquely qualified to lead Santee Cooper during the coming months while our Board conducts a comprehensive search for a permanent president and CEO,” said Leighton Lord, chairman of the Santee Cooper Board. “He understands the important role Santee Cooper plays as a public power utility serving South Carolina and our primary duties to provide low-cost, reliable electricity and water, provide excellent customer service and promote economic development.”

The Associated Press reported South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster had wanted attorney Steve Hamm, current interim director of the state ethics agency, to take the job as “an agent of change.”

Santee Cooper’s board also named Marc R. Tye, Santee Cooper executive vice president of competitive markets and generation, to the position of COO.