Mason retires, Swearingen appointed to CEMC board

Michael (Andy) Mason of Springfield announced his retirement from Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation’s board of directors, effective March 22. Mason, who joined the board in 1997, represented North Robertson County for 27 years. “It has been an honor to serve as director not only for North Robertson County but for all of the members of CEMC,” says Mason.

“We are thankful for Mr. Mason’s dedication and loyal service to CEMC and the membership,” says General Manager Chris Davis. “We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

Rodney Swearingen of Cross Plains has been appointed to fill the remainder of Mason’s term, which will be up for election in September. Swearingen is an agency manager for Farm Bureau in Robertson County where he has been employed for 18 years. He is a 2000 graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice. Swearingen has a son, Hayden, and daughter, Reese. In his spare time, he enjoys working on his farm, tending to livestock and assisting his local high school’s athletic programs.

“I am a lifelong resident of Robertson County,” says Swearingen. “As a child growing up, my siblings and I were raised and provided for by the diligence my father put in with CEMC until his retirement in 2017. I have seen firsthand through his hard work and long hours what made CEMC the corporation it is today. CEMC is a valuable resource for our communities, and I look forward to providing fair, quality customer service to the members. I will work to help keep the cooperative business model and find ways to continue to bring low-cost and reliable electricity.”