Adams Electric Cooperative GM Longest-Serving Safe Electricity Board Member – Jim Thompson honored by EEC/Safe Electricity

January 3, 2024

Springfield, Ill.—With nearly 20 years of dedication to the Energy Education Council (EEC)/Safe Electricity organization, Jim Thompson, general manager of Adams Electric Cooperative in Camp Point, Ill., was honored as the longest-serving board member on December 6 in Springfield. He was recognized for his service on the board and his dedication to promoting electrical safety to help reduce injuries and save lives through public and internal safety communications.

Thompson was named a board member for the safety-minded organization on November 4, 2004, the same year he was named Adams Electric’s general manager. As an EEC/Safe Electricity board member, he has voted on hundreds of motions, weighed in on countless educational member resources and guided the organization during times of inevitable change and tremendous growth. Over his two decades of service to the board, he has seen both the number of resources and the membership base grow exponentially.

“We have been honored to have Jim on the board for nearly two decades. His leadership has enabled this organization to provide thousands of educational resources that have inevitably saved countless lives and prevented numerous accidents,” said Erin Hollinshead, EEC/Safe Electricity executive director.

“Jim has helped develop multiple policies, recruited dozens of members and reviewed hundreds of resources, making Safe Electricity a national, award-winning program and an expert in electrical safety education. We shall forever be grateful for his years of service and leadership,” she added.

When Thompson joined the board, EEC/Safe Electricity had 70 Illinois members and 75 out-of-state members that represented five states. Then known as the Illinois Electric Council, the organization’s office was located on the University of Illinois campus. Today, EEC/Safe Electricity has nearly 550 members representing 40 states and is located in Springfield, Illinois.

When asked why he enjoys serving on the EEC/Safe Electricity board, Thompson stated, “Safety is something all utilities can come together on. It is one of those things that we can do better together than individually. Working with all utilities developing great safety products is very rewarding.”

About Safe Electricity

Safe Electricity is the award-winning, public awareness program of the Energy Education Council, a 501(c) 3 (not-for-profit organization) established in 1952 on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. With offices located in Springfield, Ill., Safe Electricity operates under the University of Illinois Extension and is led by the EEC Board of Directors. Since the Safe Electricity program was created in 2001, it has provided thousands of safety-minded resources to its more than 500 utility members from across the country to help save lives and reduce injuries.

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