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This morning the Sangre de Cristo Election Association (SDCEA) Board of Directors announced that it has unanimously reappointed Gary Kelly as interim CEO for the next twelve months. The Board has been engaged in a nationwide search for a new CEO, but the first round of that search was recently completed without finding a successful candidate.

Gary Kelly has been reappointed as Interim CEO of Sangre de Cristo Electric Association. Courtesy photo.

During this 12-month period, the board will engage in a review of its strategic plan to establish its goals and vision for the near and more distant future of SDCEA.

According to the press release, “This review will consider the dynamic nature of the industry and the ever-changing policies regarding the generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity to its members, always with the goal of maintaining SDCEA’s legacy as a resilient and responsible cooperative.”

The board adds that it will welcome input from the public during this planning phase.

“Gary has taken the reins at a somewhat tumultuous time for our organization and the communities we serve. He’s guided us in a way each of us can be proud of. We truly appreciate his efforts and his willingness to continue this important leadership,” said Board Chair Sandra Attebery, announcing the reappointment.

Kelly has been with SDCEA since 2022, first as Chief Operating Officer and then as interim CEO. He has a long history of working in the energy industry, having held various positions in the public and private sectors.

“The board is confident that Gary’s experience and leadership will help SDCEA continue to provide reliable and affordable energy to its members. Once the strategic plan is completed, the board will re-start its search for a new CEO with a firm grasp of the strategic goals he or she will be tasked with implementing,” added Attebery.