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In a short written announcement, the board of Sangre de Cristo Electric Association announced that CEO Paul Erickson has stepped down. Erickson, who served as CEO for 17 years, made no additional statement regarding his departure.

The Message from Joseph Redetzke, SDCEA Board Chair:

Paul Erickson is leaving his position as Chief Executive Officer at Sangre de Cristo Electric Association. After 17 years of dedicated service, Paul has made the decision to pursue other opportunities.

Paul served SDCEA’s members as an unwavering advocate for fair energy policies and earned the respect of his peers in Colorado and beyond. As we move forward, our cooperative will continue to provide safe, reliable, and affordable electricity to our members while upholding our values and principles.

In collaboration with our talented and dedicated staff, we are committed to providing superior service to our members, ensuring a smooth transition, and ensuring the cooperative remains financially sound and focused on the future. As the CEO search process progresses, we will keep you all informed and remain committed to providing you with safe, affordable, and reliable energy.

SDCEA Chief Operating Officer Gary Kelly has been named interim CEO. Courtesy image.

We want to thank Paul for his many years of service to SDCEA and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.

A search for a new chief executive officer will begin immediately by the board of directors. Gary Kelly, SDCEA’s Chief Operations Officer, has been named interim CEO.

We appreciate your continued support as we navigate this transition.

Joseph Redetzke
SDCEA Board Chair

SDCEA Listening Sessions Scheduled

Since last year when SDCEA announced a plan to restructure its rates to address needed investments in infrastructure and balance its operational costs more fairly for full-time residents, there has been a vocal group that has made its objections known to the rate unbundling plan.  This group managed to delay the rate adjustments during last year’s announced board discussions and has been vocal in its objections so far in 2023.

SDCEA has scheduled a listening session for 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. next Thursday, April 6 in the flex room at Buena Vista High School, to allow its members to voice their opinions on the proposed rate restructuring. It is billed as the first in a series of member engagement events this year.

“We understand that changes to the rate structure can impact our members and we want to ensure that we are making sound decisions for all of the members in the cooperative.” We encourage our members to attend this upcoming session, ask questions, and share their feedback,” said SDCEA Board Chair Joe Redetzke.

SDCEA representatives will moderate the listening session, which is open to all SDCEA members. Members are encouraged to come prepared with questions and feedback regarding the rate restructure. At their regular monthly board meeting March 29, the SDCEA Board of Directors tabled any action regarding the proposed rate restructure until after this listening session.

For more information on the upcoming listening meeting, please visit the SCDEA website at or contact SDCEA member services at 844-395-2412 (toll free) or 719-395-2412 (direct). Finger food and light refreshments will be served.

SDCEA is a not-for-profit electric cooperative serving 14,000 member accounts in Chaffee, Fremont, Custer, Lake, and Saguache counties.