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Electric cooperative Columbia REA has announced a change in the company structure that results in new positions for five key administrators.

CEO Les Teel said in the announcement the adjustment will enhance the membership-owned cooperative’s capacity to serve its members.

The staff members and their new positions are: 

Scott Peters, current Marketing and Member Services manager, will become chief operating officer. A nine-year employee of Columbia REA, he came to the operation from Golden Valley Electric, where he also served as member relations manager. The move aligns Peters to work with Teel and the Columbia REA board to help set the direction of the cooperative, the announcement detailed.

Doug Case moves from Energy Efficiency and Marketing specialist to the Marketing and Member Services manager position. The seven-year employee brings a network of relationships with regional farmers and irrigators as well as the greater business community.

Dan Andrews will take on some of Case’s previous responsibilities as he moves to the position of Energy Information and Member Services supervisor. Andrews started with the operation 19 years ago in the engineering department. He transitioned as Member Services and Billing supervisor.

Dave Reller, a 31-year employee of Columbia REA who started as an engineer, moves from manager of Engineering and Operations to manager of Operations, while Grant Glaus, an engineer there for 18 years, becomes manager of Engineering.

“While this seems like a split of a department, it is actually a more efficient and thorough way of organizing two departments that work so closely with one another but require full-time oversight to continue best serving the needs of our members and potential future members,” Reller said in the announcement.

“This change is a great benefit to the cooperative and our members,” Teel said in a prepared statement. “We are excited for our talented employees to grow within our cooperative to serve our communities in an even larger capacity.”

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Vicki covers business and economic development, including tourism, the Port of Walla Walla and the Strictly Business column, as well as features. She has been reporting for the Union-Bulletin since late 2001.