A new vice president for Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) has been named to oversee the company’s generating assets. Tommy Slater, currently the plant manager at Southwestern Electric Power Company’s (SWEPCO) Welsh Plant in Pittsburg, TX, will take over as VP for Gary Knight, who is retiring September 1 after 35 years of service with PSO.
The appointment was announced by Dan Lee, senior vice president, Fossil & Hydro Generation for American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP). AEP is the parent company of both PSO and SWEPCO.
Slater first joined SWEPCO in 1976. Prior to his appointment as manager at Welsh in 2010, he worked as a start-up engineer and lead start-up engineer, plant shift supervisor, and manager for SWEPCO’s regional engineering organization.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington, and is a registered professional engineer in Texas.
In his new role, Slater will be responsible for overall operations, maintenance, continuous improvement and safety culture at all PSO generating facilities.
Slater assumes his new position August 28. PSO, which is a unit of American Electric Power, has more than 545,000 customers in eastern and southwestern Oklahoma.