The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association board of directors tapped chief operating officer and chief of staff Jeffrey Connor to serve as interim CEO at a special meeting.
Connor has been acting CEO since August and will now fill the interim position in the continued absence of CEO Jo Ann Emerson due to medical reasons.
"Jeffrey and NRECA’s senior leadership have the confidence and trust of the board of directors to continue the good work of this organization on behalf of its members. Without question, this has been a difficult few months for employees and members of the organization, and we know Jeffrey is providing the leadership we need right now. This decision affirms the mission of NRECA and expresses the board's confidence that this appointment will support the organization's positive momentum for the future," said board president Mel Coleman.
Prior to coming to NRECA, Connor served as chief of staff to Jo Ann Emerson during her service in the U.S. House of Representatives.
"We have a very talented team at NRECA, and I'm honored to be part of a dedicated group of people who work so hard for our membership. I'm also confident in our ability to provide the highest levels of advocacy and support for electric cooperatives and their communities," said Connor. "Our strong member focus is the highest priority as we move forward together."
NRECA is the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states.