Painesville Electric Committee Appointments Announced

At Monday, May 17 Painesville City Council meeting, City Council announced five appointments to the newly formed Painesville Electric Advisory Committee: Stephen Beahon (1 year term), Carrie Dotson (1 year term), William Lewins (3 year term), Jason Popp (2 year term) and Michael Sturdevant (2 year term).


The Painesville Electric Committee will function as an advisory body to provide input on the decision-making regarding the Painesville Electric system. This includes topics such as the purchase of power, financing, operations, improvements and any programs associated with the public power system.


“We had quite a few applicants and City Council interviewed many strong, qualified candidates for this committee,” said Painesville Council President Paul Hach. “We were looking for a mixture of city and outside-the-city residents, as well as business owners who use the electric system.”


Stephen Beahon, Painesville City resident, is currently a lead instructor at Energy Harbor Nuclear and has worked in the nuclear energy field since 2005. Beahon is a United States Navy veteran with a background in chemistry and nuclear power.  

Carrie Dotson, Painesville City resident, serves as the Executive Director of Lifeline, Inc. Through her work with Lifeline, Dotson has brought national programs to Lake County including HEAP in 2009, 2-1-1 in 2011 and COVID-19 Emergency Housing Assistance program in 2020.


William Lewins, Painesville business owner and resident of Concord Township, currently works as a senior engineer at Rockwell Automation with core competencies in engineering, management, enterprise to control systems/SCADA level networks and security systems. Lewins and his wife Lisa own and operate Candoren Guest House on Mentor Avenue.


Jason Popp, Painesville City resident, is an electrical and instrumentation/control system engineer with over 20 years of experience in electrical engineering technology. Along with technical skills, Popp has assisted in large engineering projects across Ohio, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Texas and Wyoming.


Michael Sturdevant, Painesville business owner and resident of Concord Township, currently serves as president of Virtec Enterprises on Hoyt Street, with over 35 years of experience in mechanical engineering.


The first organizational committee meeting will take place in June 2021. For more information about the Painesville Electric Advisory Committee or Painesville City Council, please reach out to the Clerk of Council, Samantha Danielson at [email protected] or 440-392-5803.