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Tri-County Electric Company Introduces Brad Austin, New Director of Member Services

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TCEC Member Services Director Brad Austin is seen giving an informational and safety presentation to Mt. Vernon Township High School’s FFA students.

Brad Austin began his career at Tri-County Electric Cooperative in July 2007 as Project Engineer until January 2012 when he became the Director of Purchasing and Fleet.  Brad has been recently promoted to Director of Member Services upon the recent retirement of Bruce Barkau.

Brad’s educational background consists of a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a focus on power distribution, generation and transmission.  He came to the cooperative with over thirteen years of automotive engineering experience.

Most of all, Brad is looking forward to working with and helping the members.  In continuing with the Certified Comfort Home (CCH) Program and energy audits, he is anticipating assisting members with building, improving and maintaining energy efficient homes. 

Tri-County Electric Cooperative hosts many events throughout the community it serves teaching students about electrical safety.  Brad has enjoyed this aspect of Member Services and is enthusiastic about sharing our message of safety to as many students as possible. If you would like to learn more about any of our programs offered to the members of Tri-County Electric Cooperative, contact Brad Austin at 618-244-5151 or email at