WAVERLY, Iowa --- Diane Johnson, general manager of Waverly Light and Power, has accepted a similar job with a Colorado-based utility.
Johnson will be the general manager of the Yampa Valley Electric Association, an electric cooperative based in Steamboat Springs that serves northwest Colorado and a portion of Carbon County, Wyo.
Her last day as general manager of Waverly Light and Power will be July 12.
In an email to colleagues and friends, Johnson wrote that the decision comes with mixed emotions but that her family wanted to move back to her home state of Colorado.
"We have always hoped that we could end up in a mountain town, and Steamboat is more than we could have dreamed of. The population is about 12,000 people --- similar to Waverly and just what we were looking for," Johnson wrote.
"I guess you can take the girl out of the mountains for a few years, but in the end, you have to put her back where you found her."
She added, "It has been a privilege to serve as Waverly Light and Power's GM and work with each of you. We will certainly miss the many things that drew us to Waverly and the Midwest."
Johnson took the helm of the Waverly municipal utility in December 2007. She succeeded Glenn Cannon.
The board of trustees for Waverly Light and Power asked Mike Litterer to serve as interim general manager for Waverly Light and Power. Litterer is the assistant general manager and operations manager.
At this time, there is no active search for a new general manager as Litterer may fill the position, according to Waverly Light and Power.