Co-op Trade Association Elects Officers

CREA Board members (left to right) President Jim Lueck, Secretary Ginny Buczek, Treasurer Joe Redetzke and Vice President Jeff Hauck.

A new president is leading the board of the Colorado Rural Electric Association, the statewide trade association for Colorado’s 22 electric cooperatives and the state’s generation and transmission association.

Jim Lueck of Highline Electric Association was elected president of the board in late January and took office at the February 22-23 meeting in Denver. Lueck represents Highline Electric Association, which serves northeastern Colorado and southwestern Nebraska. He began as a CREA board officer in 2014 when he was elected treasurer.

Lueck worked for the Colorado Department of Corrections before retiring. He has also served on the boards for the Lower South Platte Water Conservancy, the Farm Service Agency and Northeast Colorado Cattlemen’s Association. He has also served on the Highline Electric Association board for about 25 years and on the CREA board for nine years.

Other officers elected for the coming year include:
• Vice President Jeff Hauck of Mountain Parks Electric, which serves Grand, Jackson, Summit, Routt and Larimer counties;
• Secretary Ginny Buczek of United Power, which serves Adams, Broomfield, Weld, Jefferson, Boulder and Gilpin counties; and
• Treasurer Joe Redetzke of Sangre de Cristo Electric Association, which serves Chaffee, Custer, Fremont, Lake and Saguache counties in central Colorado.

These officers will serve through February 2019 with the option of being elected to a second term.

Outgoing CREA Board President Jack Schneider of Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association, headquartered in Fort Collins, served two years as president following terms as vice president, secretary and treasurer. He will continue to serve on the CREA board’s executive committee