New CEO, general manager selected by Dakota Energy

Posted February 21, 2013 at 1:26 pm

The Dakota Energy Cooperative Board of Directors has named Daniel R. Webster as the next Chief Executive Officer/General Manager. He begins work on March 18, 2013.

Webster will replace Ken Gates, the current CEO/General Manager, when he retires in March after serving DEC for many dedicated years.

“On behalf of the entire board, I want to thank Ken for his dedicated service to the Dakota Energy membership and wish he and his family well in his retirement,” said Garry Dearborn, board president.

“Webster was selected by the board following a nationwide search conducted over many months. The board takes its fiduciary responsibility to its members seriously and interviewed numerous highly qualified candidates – and ultimately selected Webster after several days of intensive interviews.

Webster currently serves as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Raccoon Valley Electric Cooperative in Glidden, Iowa. Prior to that, he served as Special Projects Manager for Sho-Me Power Electric Cooperative, a G&T in Marshfield, Mo. He holds a BBA in management from the University of Oklahoma, an MBA in management from Drury University in Springfield, Mo; and he is a graduate of NRECA’s Management Intern Program (MIP).

Dakota Energy Cooperative’s headquarters is located in Huron, with an office and service center in Miller. Service is provided to residential, commercial, industrial and agriculture/irrigation members in a land area of 3,600 square miles. The cooperative has a total utility plant value of over $31 million, which includes 2,655 miles of distribution line, 1,735 overhead and 900 underground. The cooperative serves approximately 2,300 consumers, averages 3,514 services and has 26 fulltime employees.