Brian Mills officially becomes Powder River Energy Corp CEO

Brian Mills, PRECorp CEO (PRECorp)

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Brian Mills formally assumed all CEO duties at Powder River Energy Corp. today, the electric cooperative’s board of directors announced.

PRECorp had announced in January that Mike Easley, who had been CEO for 22 years, would transition out as Mills took over.

“Succession planning and developing bench strength has always been a part of our strategic focus,” PRECorp Board President Reuben Ritthaler said in a news release. “Given Brian’s development over his years with the company and experience gained since being named Deputy General Manager in 2017, assures a seamless transition for our membership and the cooperative. The Board and I thank Mike for his two decades of service to the membership and leaving us with a healthy cooperative and a top-notch team of employees who put the members first.”

Mills, a Crook County native, has moved up at PRECorp over his 18 years with the cooperative. He currently serves as the company’s deputy general manager and human resource officer, the release said.

-- Advertisement – Story Continues Below --

“I am honored and extremely appreciative for this opportunity and the trust the Board is placing in me to lead our cooperative,” Mills said. “Taking the baton from Mike, I see a bright future for PRECorp. PRECorp is well positioned to create and take advantage of opportunities that will benefit our members, even amongst the challenges that may arise. This optimism is due to the unmatched employee team we are blessed with, who are dedicated, professional and trusted. I look forward to continuing to serve alongside each of them, every day, to deliver great service to our members.”

Mills will formally address the PRECorp membership during the cooperative’s 77th Annual Meeting Aug. 27 at the Gillette CAM-PLEX Energy Hall, 1635 Reata Drive, Gillette.

He will do a telephone town hall Q&A with members at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 24.

Mary Stroka is the Community Reporter for County 17. She's new to Wyoming and has loved getting to know the area. She covers crime, education, faith, government, and policy for County 17. Feel free to contact her at mary@county17.com with your news tips and ideas.