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Xcel announces management changes

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Xcel Energy has announced two leadership changes for its Texas-New Mexico business operations.

Brad Baldridge (Submitted Photo)

Brad Baldridge of Amarillo, currently the senior director of distribution operations in Texas and New Mexico, will fill the role of director of customer and community relations. Filling the position Baldridge is vacating is Casey Meeks of Lubbock, who now holds the position of director of construction and design engineering.

The move of Baldridge to customer and community relations comes on the heels of the promotion of Brooke Trammell, who formerly headed that group, to the position of regional vice president of rates and regulatory issues for Xcel Energy in Colorado.

“By shifting Brad and Casey into these roles, we are positioning Texas and New Mexico operations for strong leadership for years to come,” said David Hudson, president, Xcel Energy – New Mexico, Texas.

Baldridge is a native of Pampa, Texas, and earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering in 1999 from Texas Tech University. He started work that same year with Xcel Energy’s Southwestern Public Service Co. as a distribution engineer in the Lubbock office.

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Casey Meeks (Submitted Photo)

In his new role, Baldridge will oversee community relations and economic development activities across the Texas and New Mexico service area.

Meeks joined Xcel Energy as a distribution design engineer in 2008 in Hobbs. In his new position, Meeks will be responsible for distribution operations across the Texas and New Mexico service area, and also will oversee design and construction of the Distribution Dispatch Center.

Meeks is a native of Farwell, Texas. He earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in mathematics from Texas Tech University. He is a licensed professional engineer in Texas and New Mexico.

Xcel Energy’s Texas and New Mexico Distribution Operations group oversees design, construction and maintenance of the lower-voltage power grid in a wide territory that takes in most of the Texas Panhandle and South Plains regions, and also portions of eastern and southeastern New Mexico.