LCEC CEO Announces Retirement

October 10, 2019 - Earlier this week, Executive Vice President and CEO, Dennie Hamilton announced that he will retire from LCEC at the end of November after leading the not-for-profit electric cooperative since 2007. “Dennie played a vital part in leading the LCEC organization through critical change and continuous improvement. We are proud of all that LCEC has accomplished under his leadership,” said LCEC Board of Trustee President Russell Priddy. “In particular, it was Dennie’s tenacity for ensuring the best interest of LCEC members and forward thinking that led to multiple successful franchise agreements with local government bodies, competitive rates, quality service, improved reliability, and a complete replacement of the company’s technology systems.”

LCEC customers have not experienced a rate increase in twelve years and rates were reduced five times under Hamilton’s guidance. LCEC earned multiple prestigious awards, countless accolades, and the cooperative was able to return millions in equity to members thanks to the strategic direction he provided.

Hamilton also served in leadership roles for local, state, and national organizations such as the Florida Reliability Coordinating Council, the North American Reliability Corporation, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, the Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance, Healthy Lee, and the Foundation of Lee County Public Schools. “While we share Dennie’s excitement for enjoying retirement and the next chapter of his life, there is never a good time to lose a good person. We respect Dennie’s decision to retire and acknowledge that he will be missed,” said Priddy.

The LCEC Board of Trustees has developed a replacement strategy. Until a successor is announced, the current leadership team and employees will continue to operate the organization.