MADISON — East River Electric Power Cooperative’s board of directors has named Tom Boyko as the cooperative’s next general manager. East River Electric’s board president James Ryken announced today that Boyko, who has worked for the Western Area Power Administration since 1986, will begin his duties March 1, 2014, as head of the rural electric cooperative based in Madison.
“The board is pleased to welcome Mr. Boyko to East River and we’re confident that he will continue the cooperative’s mission of providing wholesale power supply and transmission service to its members,” Ryken said. “The board believes that Tom’s background and experience is a great fit to lead East River into the future as we continue to provide increased value to our members.”
Boyko has served in a number of roles in various locations within the Western Area Power Administration, the Department of Energy’s power marketing and transmission organization, which markets and delivers federal hydropower.
He began his career as a construction field engineer in Bismarck, ND. He also served in Huron, and Fort Peck, MT, working in the agency’s maintenance and construction offices.
Boyko spent the past 15 years at Western’s office in Sacramento, CA, the last seven serving as the regional manager.
“I’m extremely honored and incredibly excited to serve East River’s member systems in this position as we face the challenges of the future,” Boyko said. “It’s a bit of a homecoming for me, having lived in South Dakota in a previous position with Western and growing up and attending college in North Dakota. I’m excited to return to the Midwest and look forward to building upon the great foundation East River and its members have created. I’m thankful for the board’s confidence in me and look forward to getting started.”
Boyko is a native of Stanton, ND, and earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from North Dakota State University. He also completed additional studies in engineering management at the University of Colorado.
Boyko and his wife, Kimberly, have a son, Jacob, who is 13 years old and a daughter, Claire, who is 11.
Boyko will take over as East River’s top executive after general manager Jeff Nelson retires Feb. 28, 2014. Nelson has worked for East River for 39 years, 24 as its general manager. Nelson is the longest serving general manager in the cooperative’s history. Boyko will be just the fifth general manager to lead East River since the cooperative was formed in 1949.
East River is a wholesale electric power supply cooperative serving 24 rural electric cooperatives and one municipally-owned electric system. East River’s members serve more than 92,000 homes and businesses and about 250,000 consumers in South Dakota and western Minnesota.