Pedernales Electric is pleased to announce the addition of Peter J. “Pete” Slover as PEC Governance Counsel, effective Aug. 25, 2008. Slover will be responsible for researching and advising PEC leadership in the best practices of cooperative governance on the federal, state and membership levels. This position will play a key role in shaping PEC’s ethics policies and compliance with transparency, including open meetings, open records and conflicts of interest issues, and the development of a public affairs strategy.
As Governance Counsel, Slover will also work with PEC leadership and government officials to review, develop and negotiate proposed statutory language and other legislation in the best interest of the Cooperative and members, which involves coordination with other national and state organizations.
“We are certainly grateful to have a professional with such depth of experience and insight joining us,” PEC General Manager Juan Garza said. “We know he’ll bring a vast amount of knowledge and a fresh perspective to PEC.”
Slover’s experience includes serving as Director of the Comptroller’s 20-officer Criminal Investigation Division, beginning in June 2008, and as Special Counsel to Texas Comptroller Susan Combs, a position he assumed in January 2007. His areas of authority included fraud detection and prevention and the agency’s relations with Congress. Slover graduated from the University of Texas Law School in 1986 and previously worked in a private practice in Dripping Springs and as an investigative newspaper reporter for nearly two decades. As a statehouse reporter for The Dallas Morning News, as a board member of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, and as an attorney in state government, Slover has combined his investigative skills and legal training to work for greater accountability in public institutions.
“From my years as a customer, I know first-hand the excellence of PEC,” Slover said. “I believe that transparency and good governance fit perfectly with that unmatched customer service ethic and with the cooperative business model. I am excited about working with the Cooperative team, members and staff to continue and build on that legacy.”
Slover, a PEC member since 1998, currently lives in Dripping Springs with his wife Catharine and three daughters.