COLUMBIA, Tenn. – The Columbia Board of Public Utilities announced today that industry veteran Scott Dahlstrom will be Columbia Power & Water Systems’ new executive director, effective February 1, 2018. Dahlstrom comes to CPWS from Trenton Light & Water in West Tennessee, where he has served as general manager since 2013.
Prior to joining Trenton Light and Water, Dahlstrom spent a combined total of nearly two decades with the Jackson Energy Authority in Jackson, Tenn., including roles as systems planning engineer, maps and records supervisor, and senior manager of business analysis. His 30-year career includes stints as vice president of electric services for The Tennergy Corporation, also located in Jackson, and as project engineer for the Dyersburg Electric System.
“With his multi-system background and proven track record, I am confident in the expertise and perspective that Scott will bring to this position,” said Board Chairman Teresa Beck. “He will play an important role as we continue to move both CPWS and our community forward.”
A native of Dyer, Tenn., Dahlstrom holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee at Martin, where he also received a bachelor of science in electrical engineering technology. Active in his community, Dahlstrom is as an advisory board member for UTM’s Jackson campus; chairman of the Gibson County Tourism Committee; past president and current member of the Trenton Exchange Club; a member of Team Trenton and the Trenton Rotary Club; and a 2000 graduate of Leadership Jackson. His current professional affiliations include the Tennessee Municipal Electric Power Association Board of Directors; Western District Managers Association; the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association Rates and Contracts Committee; and the West Tennessee Industrial Association.
“With a commitment to top customer service that mirrors my own, I am excited to join CPWS and look forward to working alongside its talented roster of employees,” added Dahlstrom. “My wife and I are delighted to be making Columbia our new home and eager for our family to be a part of this beautiful, growing community.”
Governed by the City of Columbia Board of Public Utilities, CPWS provides electric power to more than 27,000 homes and businesses and clean water to more than 20,000 facilities within the city of Columbia and much of Maury County, Tennessee. CPWS also offers PowerNet television, high-speed data, and telephone services to Columbia’s businesses and residents.