PIERRE, S.D. (KELO) — Trevor Jones no longer is general manager for the South Dakota Rural Electric Association.

There’s no official word yet on the reason for his departure.

The SDREA board of directors had announced the hiring of Jones on June 1, 2021, after a national search.

Jones succeeded Ed Anderson, who was retiring.

Anderson now has returned and is listed on the SDREA staff website as interim general manager.

“I was happy to come back and help while the board looks for a new GM. SDREA is a great organization with great employees. Both mean a lot to me,” Anderson told KELOLAND News.

He referred questions about Jones’ departure to a lawyer representing the association. SDREA is advertising the vacancy.

“Effective May 12, 2022, Trevor Jones was no longer employed by SDREA,” Darla Pollman Rogers, a Pierre lawyer, wrote in a statement to KELOLAND News. She confirmed that Anderson had returned. “The association has reengaged the services of NRECA (National Rural Electric Cooperative Association) to assist in the search for a new general manager.”

The departure came to public attention when the column that Jones normally published in the association’s monthly mailing was written instead by a staff member.

Jones held a variety of positions in recent years prior to being named leader for the co-ops’ trade group.

He last served as a government and public relations advisor for TC Energy in Carpenter, where he supported the company’s Keystone XL pipeline.

Before that, he was director of digital forensic services at Dakota State University in Madison.

He previously was a member of then-Governor Dennis Daugaard’s cabinet, serving as secretary of public safety.