Gary Thompson, a 25-year member of the board of directors of the Nebraska Public Power District was elected as chairman during Thursday’s monthly meeting.
Also elected were Barry DeKay of Niobrara as first vice chairman, Bill Johnson of Pilger as second vice chairman and Jerry Chlopek of Columbus as secretary.
“I appreciate the honor of being elected by the members of the board of directors to this leadership role for 2018,” Thompson said. “Public power continues to be an essential ingredient to the economic strength of Nebraska. I expect the board will continue to work with our outstanding district personnel towards providing low cost, reliable and sustainable electricity to our customers throughout the state.”
Thompson began his term of office on the NPPD board of directors in January of 1993. He most recently served as vice chairman in 2017, 2012 and 1997, and served as second vice chairman in 1998, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2013. He also served previously as committee chair for benefits and labor, customer services, strategic planning, energy supply and nuclear in the past.
Thompson was an attorney in Beatrice since 1971, and he graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Law School. He is a member of the Nebraska and Gage County Bar Associations and the Beatrice Sertoma Club. Thompson is a past chairman of the board for the Beatrice Chamber of Commerce and also served 11 years on the Board of Education for the Beatrice Public Schools.
He represents subdivision 8, which consists of all or parts of Nuckolls, Thayer, Fillmore, Saline, Jefferson, Gage, Johnson, Pawnee, Richardson and Nemaha counties.
The board of directors also elected NPPD Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Traci Bender as treasurer, re-appointed Donna Starzec as assistant treasurer and Christine Pillen as deputy assistant treasurer. Jan Modelski was re-appointed as assistant secretary and Sandra Keefover as deputy assistant secretary. All are from Columbus.