Rolling Hills Electric Cooperative announces appointment of Jason Rabe as new CEO/General Manager

Beloit, KS – Rolling Hills Electric Cooperative, Inc. is excited to announce that Jason Rabe has accepted the CEO/general manager position effective on June 1, 2023.

New Rolling Hills Electric Cooperative CEO Jason Rabe

Rabe currently serves as the City Manager for the City of Beloit. He has a combined 20 years of private and public sector management experience including leading multiple successful organizations and providing a unique perspective on problem solving, facilitation, and efficiency.

“I am excited to join the Rolling Hills Electric Cooperative team as their next general manager. The opportunity to build on the great foundation that Rolling Hills has with their system, staff, and facilities is what drew me to the position,” he said, “I am looking forward to meeting our members, learning our system and operations, and tackling our challenges head on.”

Rabe received his bachelor’s degree in marketing management from Bob Jones University and holds a master’s degree in public administration from Arkansas State University. He has over 13 years of general utility experience and six and a half years of electric utility experience. He and his wife, Julia, live in Beloit along with their three kids – Kaden, Keira and Kael. They have enjoyed the Beloit community and are excited to be able to remain here.

Rabe will replace Doug Jackson who has announced his plans to retire as general manager of Rolling Hills Electric Cooperative, effective June 30, 2023. Jackson has 41 years of electric utility experience and has served as general manager at NCK Electric and Rolling Hills Electric Cooperatives since 1992. He will continue to lead Rolling Hills Electric until the transition date.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.


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