Alan Wattles, president and CEO of Illinois-based Monroe County Electric Cooperative (MCEC), was elected CFC president to serve the remainder of Dean Tesch’s term during a special board meeting November 9, 2020. Tesch died October 31 at home in Stetsonville, Wisconsin, surrounded by his family.
“I’m extremely humbled to be president of the CFC Board of Directors,” Wattles shared. “It’s somewhat bittersweet. I cherished the friendship and camaraderie that I had with Dean. I’ll do my best to serve these next few months of his term to honor him to the best of my abilities.”
Wattles has more than 18 years of service as MCEC president and CEO. The system maintains more than 1,200 miles of line and serves more than 7,500 connections across the Illinois counties of Monroe, Randolph and St. Clair.
Wattles also serves as a board member for Southern Illinois Power Cooperative. He received a bachelor of science in finance from Eastern Illinois University and has earned the NRECA Management Essentials Certificate.