On Monday, Jan. 13, the keys to DMEA were handed to Don Marker, recently retired general manager/CEO of Sioux Valley Energy of Colman, S.D. Marker takes the helm as DMEA's interim general manager following the retirement of 29-year DMEA veteran Dan McClendon. In the following days, Marker has been getting to know the board and staff of DMEA and beginning to chart a course of transition for the electric co-op.
"I view this role to be one that facilitates and supports an effective transition to DMEA's next general manager," Marker said. "I also offer my assistance to the board in finding the right manager to continue the successes DMEA has enjoyed over the years."
The retirement of Dan McClendon was announced in December 2013. On Marker's first day, McClendon, sporting his newly acquired "Visitor" badge, was available to give Marker a brief tour of the DMEA headquarters and offer some parting words of wisdom.
The DMEA board, using executive search consultant Mycoff and Associates, continues to seek a suitable long-term successor — a process that can take six months or longer. In the meantime, DMEA will benefit from Marker's many years of experience in the electric co-op world.
Marker's previous charge, Sioux Valley Energy, is an electric co-op which provides service to over 21‚000 customers in southeastern South Dakota and southwestern Minnesota. (DMEA serves about 27,000-plus members.) Prior to assuming the position of general manager/CEO for Sioux ValIey Energy, Marker was director of finance, customer service and marketing. Marker also served as general manager of Harrison Rural Electric Cooperative in Cynthiana, Ky., and as the assistant general manager for administration for East River Electric Power Cooperative in Madison, S.D. His other related experience includes working for the Kansas Utilities Commission in Topeka, Kan., Minnegasco, Inc. in Minneapolis, Minn., and Midwest Energy of Hays‚ Kan.blog comments powered by Disqus