Steve Hess is the Operations/Engineering Manager at Midstate Electric Cooperative (MEC), a Central Oregon electric co-op that serves 19,500 meters and expands into four counties covering 5,600 square miles. Steve manages and oversees the co-op’s electrical system maintenance and operations and is responsible for oversight of power restoration as well as fleet maintenance for all MEC service vehicles. Steve’s career with MEC began in 1979 when he was hired as a Groundman. He advanced through the ranks from Apprentice Lineman, Journeyman Lineman, Foreman and Superintendent to his current position which he has held since 2015. Community activities include Supervisory Committee member of Mid-Oregon Credit Union and making sure equipment and manpower are available for local community festivities including parades, fairs, career days and high voltage electric trailer safety demonstrations. Steve and his wife Tami live in La Pine and have two daughters.