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Debra Cole

General Manager/CEO


Debra Cole has over 35 years in the utility business. In 1978, Ms. Cole began her utility career with Texas Electric Service Company in the Fort Worth office, as a Customer Service Clerk. After 2 years, she was transferred into the Credit Department, as a lead representative. After relocating to Itasca in 1983 Ms. Cole left her position with TESCO after a year of commuting in hopes of obtaining employment with HILCO. Ms. Cole began work for HILCO, then Hill County Electric Cooperative, in 1984.

Ms. Cole previously served as Assistant General Manager, Office Manager, Coordinator of Operation Department, Collection Supervisor, Customer Service Clerk and Cashier.

Ms. Cole has her Bachelor Degree from West Texas A & M University, Associate in Applied Science in Management, Certificate of Technology in Management and Certificate of Basic Management Skills, from Hill College.

She is married to Gary Cole, where, together, they have raised a daughter Melony and son Cory. After Mr. Cole’s service in the Air Force they returned to the rural community they had grown up in to allow their children to attend a smaller school system and to also grow up in a rural environment. Ms. Cole served many years as president of the FFA Community Support Committee, president of the girls District Softball League, president of the Ex-Student Association and served as Youth Director at Christ Lutheran Church for 10 years.