South Kentucky RECC Board Names CEO

Kenneth E. Simmons 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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