Berkeley Electric names president

Dwayne Cartwright

Berkeley Electric Cooperative formally announced last week that Dwayne Cartwright will be its new president, effective Oct, 1.

Cartwright is succeeding E.E. “Skip” Strickland, who is retiring.

Cartwright’s last job was as general manager of Intercounty Electric Cooperative Association in Missouri, where he worked for 16 years. He began his career with the utility as marketing service manager in 1996 and was named general manager in 2006.

Intercounty Electric is one of the largest cooperatives in Missouri. It has managed about 30,000 meters and more than 5,800 miles of line serving parts of seven counties.

Cartwright was hired after a national search.

“Dwayne brings a lot of experience to the co-op, said Harry Brunson, chairman of the board at Berkeley Electric. “We were looking for someone who had strengths in cooperative management, but also in community. We feel strongly about being a part of the communities we serve and with his background we can continue our strong tradition of community service.”

Cartwright is a native of Dent County, Mo., and a graduate of Southwest Baptist University.

Berkeley Electric serves more than 80,000 members in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties.

It is one of the 25 largest electric cooperatives in the nation and one of the biggest in the state.