Long-Time SMECO Director Jack Hammett Resigns From Board After Nearly 30 years

  • Charles County,St Mary's County,Calvert County,Prince George's County
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Hughesville, MD - Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative’s (SMECO) Board of Directors recently announced that Samuel “Jack” Hammett has resigned his seat on the Board as of March 31, 2020. Hammett represented Calvert and Anne Arundel counties and served on SMECO’s Board since 1990.

“Jack Hammett has been a pillar of the community in Calvert County for decades, and his presence on SMECO’s Board has been invaluable. We could always count on Mr. Hammett to be honest and fair-minded and to have our co-op members’ best interest at heart,” said Sonja Cox, SMECO president and CEO. She added, “We will miss his foresight and his wise counsel.”

Hammett is the owner of Hammett’s Building Services. He is the secretary of the Calvert County Plumbing Commission. He is past chairman of the Calvert County Fire and Rescue Commission and past member of the Maryland State Fire Commission. Hammett is a founding member, former board member and treasurer of Calverton School. In addition, Hammett is a member and past president of the Calvert County Lions Club, as well as a life member of the Calvert County Historical Society.

Hammett served as Vice Chairman of the SMECO Board from 2008 to 2013. He served on the Personnel and Benefits Committee and the Board Risk Oversight Committee. He received both the Credentialed Cooperative Director designation and the Board Leadership Certificate from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

SMECO – The Cooperative Difference
SMECO was incorporated in 1937 and is one of the 15 largest electric cooperatives in the United States with more than 166,000 member accounts in Charles County, St. Mary’s County, southern Prince George’s County, and most of Calvert County.
Electric cooperatives are shaped by the communities they serve, because co-ops are owned by their customers.  Co-op members elect the men and women who serve on the Board of Directors. Members share the responsibility of ownership by financing the cooperative’s operations, but they also share its rewards.
At the end of each year, SMECO’s margins (profits) are allocated to members’ capital credit accounts. SMECO uses its profits to invest in new construction, system improvements, and facility upgrades. The Board of Directors regularly evaluates the financial condition of the co-op and determines when members will receive a refund. Since 1937, SMECO has refunded $93.6 million.

As a cooperative, SMECO will always put its members first and be responsive, reliable, and resourceful—the power you can count on.
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