Nebraska Public Power District CEO says he’s leaving post

COLUMBUS, NE – The president and chief executive officer of Nebraska Public Power District announced Thursday that he intends to leave his post.

A district news release says Pat Pope expects to remain available to aid with the transition to his replacement.

In making the announcement to the Board, Pope said, “I didn’t know how long I would stay with NPPD when I began working here. As the years went by the opportunities kept coming I stayed with the District and learned to appreciate what public power really means to our customers and the state.”

The release says it’s likely the board of director’s executive committee will recommend that Tom Kent replace Pope.

Kent is the district’s executive vice president and chief operating officer.

“It has been a pleasure working with Pat and I wish him and his wife Jackie the best in the coming years,” said Board Chair Barry DeKay. “Some may be surprised with this announcement but Pat has been talking to the executive committee of the Board for the past few months to ensure a smooth leadership transition.”

Pope joined the district in December 1979 as an electrical engineer and held several positions as he moved up over the years.

The publicly owned utility includes all or parts of 86 of Nebraska’s 93 counties.