City Introduces Full-Time Electric Department Personnel Crew as Part of Long-Term Electric Utility Improvements

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City of Green Cove Springs Electric Department (left to right): Assistant City manager Mike Null, Electric Superintendent Joe Hansford, Director of Electric Utility Steve Howard, Electric Admin Assistant Rosa Oyola-Jerez, Lineman Robby Mayben, Lineman Donnie Vara, and City Manager Steve Kennedy

Oct. 15, 2019, Green Cove Springs, FL – At the crack of dawn this morning, the first wave of the City’s new electric work crews drove out of the Electric Department Headquarters and hit the streets of Green Cove Springs.

Today, Tuesday, October 15, is the first official day that the electric department is once again operated by City personnel. City of Green Cove Springs has contracted with Hooper Corporation for Electric Distribution System Services since April 2016. Through this partnership, Hooper Corporation has helped the City improve its electric system and develop the Capital Improvement Project plan that led to the $10.7 million loan for electric system improvements approved by City Council in April 2018.

Due to staffing issues, City Council approved a 90-day notice of termination of the contract with Hooper Corporation in July 2019. This transition of contract crews to full-time personnel includes the City hiring one director, one superintendent, four linemen, one apprentice, and one low-voltage technician.

City staff have hired a full-time daily maintenance crew to maintain the City’s power lines and electric facilities. City is currently in the process of hiring a full-time electric construction crew that will oversee Electric Utility Capital Projects. Upcoming projects include underground cable replacement, Chapman Substation 3rd Feed, and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) installation to allow electric crews to remotely monitor and control electric utility equipment.

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