EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON
JOHNSON CITY — The Pedernales Electric Cooperative board of directors and Chief Executive Officer John Hewa officially parted ways May 25.
The board called an emergency meeting for 1 p.m. May 25 at the PEC headquarters in Johnson City. Hewa was not present at the meeting.
After the meeting, the PEC board and Hewa issued a “joint statement” posted on the cooperative’s website stating, “PEC’s Board of Directors and John D. Hewa jointly announced today that Mr. Hewa is resigning as PEC’s chief executive officer.”
According to the statement, Hewa is returning to Virginia to “pursue new career opportunities.”
Before joining PEC in July 2013 as the cooperative’s CEO, Hewa served as vice president of research, engineering, and technical services for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, which is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia.
PEC is the largest electric distributing cooperative in the nation with more than 280,000 active accounts, about 700 employees, and a coverage area of 8,100 square miles.
“I’m proud of PEC’s accomplishments in the four years that I served the cooperative,” Hewa said in the statement. “PEC is a remarkable organization with exceptionally talented employees. I wish the best for PEC in meeting its current challenges and the fast growth ahead for the Texas Hill Country.”
He added that he had shared “concerns and hopes for PEC” with board president Emily Pataki and the rest of the board “and, I’m confident that Board President Emily Pataki and the board will address each matter appropriately.”
“We wish John Hewa and his family the very best in his bright future and thank him for his service to the cooperative,” Pataki said in the statement.
During the meeting, the board assigned the CEO duties to current Chief Financial Officer Tracy Golden “until such a time as an interim chief executive officer is selected,” according to the statement.