Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) general manager Dan McClendon has submitted a notice of retirement to the DMEA board of directors.
Several board members admitted surprise by the announcement.
"We were all completely surprised by Dan's letter," said Nancy Hovde, DMEA board president.
McClendon stated in his letter that he intends to fulfill all of his current duties until Feb. 7. During that time, DMEA will be completing its annual budget cycle and will be processing a member rate adjustment to compensate for increases from its wholesale power provider, Tri-State Generation and Transmission.
"The last two years have been exceptional years resulting in much progress for the association. In the wake of large wholesale rate increases and a severe economic downturn, DMEA has reacted with prudence and exceptional operational advancement," McClendon said. "DMEA stands nearly alone as a national leader in technology deployment, customer satisfaction, service reliability, safety, operational efficiency and cost reduction."
Asked why he decided to retire at this time, McClendon simply stated that the change would benefit his family as he pursues other personal business and church service opportunities. "A new general manager will be able to take the helm of an excellent organization and help steer toward even more protection and success for the members."
McClendon concludes his 29-year career with the cooperative. "My employment here has been a privilege as I have worked side by side with talented and loyal employees and supportive directors in serving the members of DMEA," he said. "I wish only the best for all of the DMEA directors, employees, and, of course‚ the members. I have been honored to be a part of this organization."blog comments powered by Disqus