Executive Vice President Passes the Baton to New Leadership

Posted: June 29, 2023 at 3:00 pm

During the cooperative’s recent Annual Meeting, Executive Vice President, Charles Guerry, announced his retirement effective May 31st, and newly appointed Chief Executive Officer, Tucker Lemley, was introduced to the membership.

Charles Guerry

A look back
Prior to joining Halifax EMC in 2006, Mr. Guerry worked with the City of Newberry, S.C.; the Alabama Municipal Electric Authority; Saluda River Electric Cooperative; and the South Carolina Public Service Authority. Combined, he retires with 50 years of service in the electric utility industry.

During his time at Halifax EMC, Mr. Guerry was instrumental in securing a wholesale power agreement between Halifax EMC and the Town of Enfield. He oversaw the construction of the first utility owned solar facility in Halifax County in 2010 and more recently, provided his leadership and expertise to the first “solar + storage” installation to be deployed by North Carolina’s electric cooperatives in the Halifax EMC service area.

He was an advocate for the Operation Round Up program, and along with the Halifax board of directors, implemented the program at Halifax EMC in 2008. Over 15 years, Halifax Helps has distributed just over $687,000 to fund 279 grant projects in the local communities.

The board and staff are grateful to Mr. Guerry for his leadership and dedication to the membership over the past 17 years. We extend best wishes for a long and healthy retirement to him and his wife, Frances.

Tucker Lemley
Chief Executive Officer

Meet your new CEO
Halifax EMC warmly welcomes new Chief Executive Officer, Tucker Lemley.

He brings 17 years of experience in the electric cooperative industry with 10 of those years in senior leadership. Holding an undergraduate degree in Accounting form Saint Leo University, Mr. Lemley also obtained an MBA in Accounting from the University of North Florida. He is a graduate of NRECAs Management Internship Program.

Mr. Lemley and his wife, Brandy, have been married for 17 years. They have an 11-year-old daughter, Lia. Originally from North Florida, he and his family just relocated to Nash County from Wauchula, Florida.

In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, kayaking, and exploring the outdoors with the family’s two golden retrievers. In Florida, he was an active member of his local First Baptist Church and enjoyed working in the children’s ministry. He was also an active board officer for the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches and the Hardee County Education Foundation.

Looking forward
While change is inevitable, one thing remains the same; the cooperative’s mission to provide safe, affordable, and reliable electricity to its members. We are excited for the future and are grateful for our member’s continued confidence in us.