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Jersey Central Power & Light Names New Vice President of Operations


Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), a FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) subsidiary, recently named Alex Patton vice president of Operations. Previously, Patton was director, Operations Services, for Mon Power, a FirstEnergy subsidiary that provides electric service to about 385,000 customers in West Virginia.

In his new position, Patton is responsible for the operation and maintenance of JCP&L’s transmission and distribution systems covering more than 3,200 square-miles of northern and central New Jersey, including line and substation operations, dispatching, engineering, meter reading, forestry and support service.  He succeeds Mark Jones, who was recently named regional president of FirstEnergy’s Toledo Edison subsidiary.

“Alex has extensive leadership and operational experience in the transmission and distribution areas of our business,” said Jim Fakult, president of JCP&L.  “His knowledge and skills are a welcome addition to the JCP&L leadership team and will help build on the results we have achieved delivering safe and reliable electric service to our customers.”  

Patton joined the company in 1987 as an engineer.  He was named a supervisor in the Engineering department in 1996.  In 1998, Patton became a general manager and worked on the distribution and transmission sides of the business for nearly 15 years.  He was promoted to director, Operations Support, at Mon Power in 2012 and named director, Operations Services in 2013.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from West Virginia University.

JCP&L is a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp.  JCP&L serves 1.1 million customers in the counties of Burlington, Essex, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren.  Follow JCP&L on Twitter @JCP_L, on Facebook at, or online at

FirstEnergy is dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence.  Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York.  The company’s transmission subsidiaries operate more than 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions.  Follow FirstEnergy on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp or online at

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