The head of Cobb EMC is retiring after 45 years with the power utility.
Chip Nelson announced his departure during the company’s annual meeting Saturday at Jim R. Miller Park, said spokeswoman Leslie Thompson. He’ll leave March 2018.
Nelson, age 63 at the time, began about five years after The Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigated the Marietta-based electric utility cooperative and found it was putting co-op funds in a for-profit business it’d created. Cobb EMC customers sued the company.
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“Myself, along with our board of directors and our dedicated employees, have gotten this company back to a clean slate, which was my original goal when I was first named president and CEO,” Nelson said.
Nelson started with Cobb EMC on a construction crew, the company said.
With Nelson as CEO and after a new board of directors was elected — Cobb EMC management at one point was accused of influencing elections — Nelson helped order up a multi-year assessment of the company.
Thompson said the company’s board of directors has started looking Nelson’s replacement and “hope to introduce a new CEO” in early 2018.