Empire Electric announces retiring GM’s successor

Josh Dellinger will step into the general manager’s position at Empire Electric after the first of the year.

Josh Dellinger will step into the general manager’s position at Empire Electric after the first of the year.

Tri-State member Empire Electric Association’s board of directors recently announced that Josh Dellinger, Empire’s system engineer, will become the cooperative’s new general manager on Jan. 1, 2015, replacing the retiring Neal Stephens.

“Josh was our number one choice and the vote was unanimous,” said Bill Bauer, Empire’s board president. “The board is confident that he has the qualities to carry out the difficult tasks that lie ahead,” he added.

Dellinger has ten years of experience in the power industry. Beginning in his college years, he completed two internships with investor-owned utilities and worked for over two years as an electric power analyst with the Department of Defense. Prior to his position at Empire Electric, Dellinger worked for seven years as manager of technical services and engineering for Glacier Electric Cooperative in Montana.

Neal Stephens will end his 35-year career with Empire Electric when he retires at the end of this year.

Neal Stephens will end his 35-year career with Empire Electric when he retires at the end of this year.

“I think the board made an excellent choice selecting Josh as Empire’s next general manager,” said the retiring Stephens.

“Josh exhibits those professional qualities that will enable him to grow into a great leader for the cooperative,” Stephens said.

Dellinger and his wife, Kristen, have two daughters and a son. The family moved to Cortez in May 2014.

Stephens will step down after 35 years of service to the co-op on Dec. 31, 2014.

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