Mountain Parks Electric welcomes new GM
Long time General Manager for Mountain Parks Electric (MPE), Joe Pandy, has retired from the local electricity provider.
Tom Sifers will replace Pandy as General Manager at Mountain Parks. Prior to taking on his new role Sifer was the Assistant General Manager at MPE. He has been with the firm for 18 years and has also worked as the Manager of Finance and Office Services. Sifers was previously employed by a rural electric cooperative in Missouri. He officially took over GM responsibilities on June 17.
Sifers has been an active member of Grand County during his tenure with MPE. He served on the East Grand Board of Education and represented Region 7 of the Colorado Association of School Boards. He has served on the Granby Chamber of Commerce and the Granby Rotary Club. Sifers is a member of the SilverCreek Water and Sanitation Board of Directors and manages the MPE Education Trust and Charitable Trust.
“ I strongly believe in the Seven Cooperative Principles that govern a cooperative, member-owned business,” stated Sifers. “MPE and our employees are actively involved in our service area and communities we serve. MPE is a unique business in that any margins earned are allocated and subsequently refunded as patronage capital to the member/owners. ”
Former MPE General Manager Joe Pandy is relocating to Michigan this summer. He is making the move to join his family who moved to the state two years ago so his son’s could attend parochial school.
During his tenure at MPE Pandy oversaw the reconstruction of offices in Granby following the attack by Marvin Heemeyer. Pandy also oversaw the acquisition of the El Monte Motel property for MPE and the construction of a new warehouse and storage yard facility. He help negotiate the sale of MPE’s substation high-voltage equipment to Tri-State Generation and Transmission.
First organized in 1946, MPE was created to bring electric power to rural areas. The utility provider serves approximately 20,000 members in Grand, Jackson, Larimer, Summit and Routt Counties.
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