Butler Rural Electric appoints Wolfenbarger general manager


Butler Rural Electric Cooperative’s board of trustees has named Tom Wolfenbarger general manager of the organization.

Wolfenbarger started his career at Butler Rural Electric Cooperative in 1999 as an electrical engineer. He was instrumental in establishing and refining many of the engineering and metering systems, programs, and other new services for cooperative members. Wolfenbarger was promoted to director of engineering and planning in 2007.

Throughout his career at Butler Rural Electric Cooperative, Wolfenbarger has created annual construction work plans and has overseen electrician services and renewable energy integration. He has been involved in the cooperative’s operations and engineering departments, and was essential in establishing the cooperative’s recent partnership with Cincinnati Bell to bring high-speed fiber internet to cooperative members.

Wolfenbarger graduated with honors from Wright State University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1989. He and his wife, Susan, have been married for 30 years, and have three children: Cheyenne, Brady, and Hannah.

Wolfenbarger’s appointment to general manager, effective July 1, followed the retirement of Michael L. Sims, who recently concluded his 44-year career with the cooperative.