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Sumner-Cowley Electric Names New CEO

After a nationwide search, Sumner-Cowley Electric Cooperative and NRECA Executive Search are pleased to announce that Coni Adams has officially accepted the position of CEO of Sumner-Cowley Electric and will begin serving  in that capacity in April.


“The Board worked hard through the process and interviewed candidates from across the nation,” said Sumner-Cowley Electric Board of Directors President John Schon. “We feel that we got the best candidate for the job and we are excited for Coni to lead Sumner-Cowley into the future.”


Adams began her career at Sumner-Cowley in 2000 as receptionist and has served as Manager of Administration/Human Resources since 2011. She earned the title of Assistant CEO in 2018. Adams received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Southwestern College and is a graduate of NRECA’s Robert I. Kabat Management Internship Program.


“I am honored to have been chosen as the next generation leader for Sumner-Cowley Electric,” said Adams. “I look forward to working with the Board of Directors and staff to continue to provide safe, reliable and affordable power to the member-owners of Sumner-Cowley Electric."


Adams will fill the CEO position that is opening with the upcoming retirement of current CEO Clete Rains. Rains joined the cooperative in 1977 and has served as CEO since 1996.


“I am both excited and proud the Board of Directors has selected Coni to serve as the next CEO of Sumner-Cowley Electric,” said Rains. “Coni has proven herself to be a leader and I have complete faith she will be successful in leading Sumner-Cowley Electric into the future.”

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