Dave Cross named new Oak Ridge Electric Director

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (Dec. 11, 2023) – The City of Oak Ridge has named Dave Cross as its new Electric Director.

Cross previously served with Plateau Electric Cooperative for 37 years before retiring in September.

“For the last 15 years, I was CEO of Plateau Electric Cooperative, which is a Tennessee electric distribution cooperative that serves 17,500 meters in Scott and Morgan counties,” said Cross. “For the 22 years before that, I was Chief Financial Officer and Director of Financeand Accounting there.”

Cross has served on the boards of several organizations including the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association (TECA) Board of Directors served as Vice-President and then President of the Association.  

He has completed the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association (TVPPA) Certified Power Executive (CPE) program and has also served as the at-large Cooperative Director, Secretary/Treasurer and Executive Committee on the TVPPA Board of Directors.

“Dave Cross has a wealth of experience in running electric systems in East Tennessee and is a great fit for our organizational culture,” said Oak Ridge City Manager Randy Hemann. “We look forward to having Dave on our team as we continue to grow Oak Ridge while maintaining a culture of great customer service to our citizens, businesses and industry partners.”

Cross graduated from Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. He was Salutatorian of his high school graduating class in Clarkrange, Tennessee. 

He has lived in East Tennessee the majority of his life and is excited to get involved in the Oak Ridge community.

“My wife Cheryl and I have been married for 39 wonderful years and have been blessed with six children and twograndchildren,” Cross said. “I’m also very active in my church and serve as a deacon.”

He begins Monday, Dec. 18, 2023. 

Cross will be sworn in at the January 8, 2024, City Council meeting.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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