The Pedernales Electric Board of Directors announced today that Luis Garcia, PEC’s General Counsel, will be the Cooperative’s interim general manager effective July 1. The appointment is subject to ratification at the July meeting of the Board.
Garcia joined the PEC team in 2002 and since that time he established the Legal Department, and has acted as Human Resources Manager and I.T. Manager prior to being appointed as General Counsel in March 2009. “I’ve asked that this be considered an interim position as I am the General Gounsel and would like to continue to be the general counsel once this position is filled,” Garcia said. “I appreciate that the Board has expressed confidence in my ability to run the Cooperative while the Directors seek a permanent replacement. PEC’s employees have a well-deserved reputation for excellence, and they have built a strong foundation for this Cooperative. I look forward to working with them and building on that foundation so PEC can continue offering outstanding, reliable service to our members.”
Garcia graduated from the University of Texas in 1989 with a BBA Finance and received his J.D. from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 1992. Previously, Garcia practiced transactional law matters with the Houston based law firm of Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams, L.L.P. and was an in-house attorney for H.B. Zachry Company, a company based in San Antonio, Texas.
District 6 Director and Board President Larry Landaker said Garcia will serve members and employees well, “ Luis has the industry experience, as well as the familiarity with PEC, to be an outstanding leader from day one. I am confident that he is the right person for the job during this transition.”
The Board has announced plans to hire a firm to conduct a national search for a new general manager. While the search could take between six and nine months, Landaker has stressed the Board will take as much time as necessary to find the right candidate for PEC.
A crowd of about 150 employees and members attended the special meeting of the Board, and 12 members and employees expressed their views during the public comment period prior to the directors going into executive session.
PEC is the largest electric cooperative in the United States, providing affordable electricity and outstanding member service to more than 234,000 meters. PEC’s territory covers 8,100 square miles in Central Texas, including some of the fastest-growing counties in the state.