GM Debra Smith Hired by Seattle City Light

Debra is sworn in as Seattle City Light’s General Manager, with Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (left) looking on.

Central Lincoln’s General Manager, Debra Smith, was recruited and ultimately chosen as the new General Manager for Seattle City Light, also a community-owned electric utility.

“We are certainly sad to lose Debra,” says Central Lincoln Board President Judy Matheny. “Debra has positioned Central Lincoln to become a utility of the future. She has significantly stengthened our emergency preparedness, overseeing the construction of our new operations center built to withstand earthquake damage, and it’s located well above the tsunami inundation zone. In her five years with us, Debra led the way in providing new ways for us to interact with our customers, and has strengthened our financial footing, while improving our approach to negotiations with union employees with interest-based bargaining.”

“A piece of my heart will stay here on the Central Coast,” Debra reflected. “I’ve developed an incredible appreciation for the resiliency, hard work and kindness of people on the Central Coast, and I have learned so much from our employees here.”