The Board of Directors of South Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative 
Corporation has named Kenneth E. "Ken" Simmons as South Kentucky 
RECC's next Chief Executive Officer.
    Simmons, who is a 38-year veteran of the electric co-op industry, 
has been serving as CEO at Southwest Rural Electric Cooperative, 
which serves southern Oklahoma and northern Texas, since 2016. Prior 
to that, he was the Manager of System Design for Carroll Electric 
Membership Cooperative in Carrollton, Georgia.
    "The board is very excited about bringing someone with Ken's 
qualifications on as South Kentucky's new CEO," said South Kentucky 
Board Chairman Greg Redmon. "We believe he has the skills to continue 
offering the service and excellence our members expect and deserve.
    "The board would also like to express its appreciation for Kevin 
Newton, SKRECC Vice President of Engineering and Operations, who has 
served as Interim CEO during this time of transition."
    Simmons is South Kentucky RECC's eighth general manager in the 
utility's 81-year history. He is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 
He received his education from Louisiana State University, University 
of Georgia, Southern Polytechnic State University, Clapp Research 
Institute and the University of Wisconsin.
    Simmons community involvement is extensive. He has served on 
numerous boards including Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development 
Authorities, Education Boards and Foundations.
    Simmons and his wife, Kim, will be relocating to Somerset. They have 
three grown children residing in Georgia and one grandchild.
    Established in 1938, South Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative is a 
member-owned cooperative headquartered in Somerset Kentucky, with 
branch offices located in Albany, Monticello, Russell Springs and Whitley City, Kentucky serving 67,000 members.

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