S. Eugene “Gene” Herritt of Shippensburg has been a member of Adams Electric since 1976 and a member of the Adams board of directors since 1985. He served as board president from 1993 to 2007, and on the executive committee from 1993 to 2011. Herritt is currently a member of the Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association (PREA) board of directors and a past chairman of that body. He was elected to the National Rural Electric Association Board in July 2017. He is the chairman of Adams Utility Service Company (AUSCO), a subsidiary of Adams Electric, and on the executive board for the Mid-Atlantic Cooperative Solutions, Inc. (MACS), which does business as Aero Energy.
Herritt holds the Credentialed Cooperative Director certification and has earned the Board Leadership Certificate and Director Gold Certificate from NRECA. He has served as a panelist for NRECA on three separate occasions, representing Adams Electric.
Beyond his connection to Adams, Herritt has served in a leadership capacity on several local boards, including his current commitment to the Shippensburg University Council of Trustees. He also serves in a leadership capacity in The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania F&AM.
He is married to Sally Herritt. He has one daughter, Andrea and a grandson, Lyric.
Candidate Statement: “My service on the Adams board has been a labor of love. It takes a lot of time and effort to be a productive member of the board. I have done my best to learn the business on a financial and practical level. I have involved myself in the political aspects of what is needed for us to stay in business and continue to provide reasonable rates and reliability of power. This is not a typical investor-owned business. The members own Adams, and to have their indication that you are being a good steward on their behalf is a most rewarding feeling.”