Jones named CEO of Association of Missouri Electric Co-ops
At its Aug. 1 board meeting, the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives Board of Directors selected Caleb Jones to become its new CEO upon the retirement of former CEO Barry Hart on Jan. 5, 2019.
“I’m pleased to be leading such a great team,” Jones says of his new role. “The electric cooperatives have a great reputation for trustworthiness and they work hard to raise the quality of life for rural people. I look forward to using my skills for the benefit of electric cooperative members statewide and am excited to make sure our members at the end of the line continue to receive the reliable and affordable electricity they deserve.”
“I’m excited about the Board’s selection of Caleb Jones to succeed me as CEO of the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives upon my retirement in January after 42 years of work,” Hart said. “He is a great leader, respected by many Missouri leaders and most importantly understands issues affecting rural Missourians. He believes in the cooperative principles and is dedicated to representing the member/owners at the end of the line that own their electric cooperative. Keeping electricity affordable and reliable for co-op members and improving quality of life in rural Missouri will be his priority!”
Jones will become the sixth CEO in the 70-year history of the association, which works on behalf of the state’s electric cooperatives by providing legislative services, job and safety training, vehicle testing and publishing the Rural Missouri magazine.
In 2017, Jones left the Missouri governor’s office where he was deputy chief of staff to join the association as its vice president. He is a former state representative from California, Missouri where his family farm was served by Co-Mo Electric Cooperative. First elected in 2010, he served three terms in the Missouri House of Representatives representing parts of Boone, Cole, Pettis, Morgan, Cooper and Moniteau counties. As a representative, he followed in the footsteps of his father, Kenny, who also served three terms in the Missouri House.
Jones previously worked on Capitol Hill for U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof focusing on agricultural and environmental issues. After working on the 2004 Bush/Cheney Presidential Campaign, he was appointed by President Bush to serve as special assistant in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
A graduate of California High School, Caleb was the Missouri FFA State Star Farmer and was a recipient of the Co-Mo Electric Cooperative Scholarship Foundation. Jones has a degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri School of Law.
Jones resides in Boone County with his wife, Lindsey, and their two children, Maxwell and Charleston.