Rister has over 30 years of executive level management and leadership
experience in both the public and corporate sectors. He is a
detail-oriented person who knows how to ask tough questions and require
was born and raised in Williamson County and lives in Georgetown. He
has been a member of the Pedernales Electric Coop (PEC) for 19 years.
Milton is retired. He is especially concerned about how PEC fees and rates impact senior citizens living on fixed incomes.
His focus is on ensuring
our PEC monthly bills are as low as possible.
will be a FULL-TIME
director working to:
$22.50 Service Availability Fee
administrative expenditures that negatively impact our monthly bills.
is endorsed by:
Representative Tony Dale
PEC is a large organization. It has
over 700 employees and annual revenues exceeding $500 million. It
delivers electricity to over 300,000 accounts in 24 counties.
Governance is provided by the Board of Directors. The directors
determine the coop’s mission and purpose. The board is also responsible
for providing financial and operational oversight.
EXPERIENCE THAT MATTERS
Milton has extensive experience in building and leading teams of highly trained and experienced professionals. He has conducted over a thousand employment interviews during his career.
the Executive Director of the Railroad Commission of Texas, Milton
directed the daily operations of a statewide agency in charge of
regulating oil and gas exploration and production in Texas. He managed a $170 million budget and provided leadership to over 800 full-time employees. He also led efforts to develop and negotiate rules and policies to ensure the safe and reliable production of oil and gas in Texas.
While serving as Governor Rick Perry’s Director of Administration, his responsibilities
included management of the Human Resources, Financial Services,
Information Systems, Compliance and Oversight, and Staff Support
functions in the governor’s office. He supervised
the development and implementation of an extensive audit and review
process for all grant and incentive programs in the Governor’s Trusteed
Programs. The Compliance and Oversight Division ensured the financial integrity of grant programs offered by the Governor’s office.
In his role as Executive Director of the Texas Legislative Council, Milton supervised a staff of 500 people who assisted all members of the Legislature, both Democrats and Republicans, in performing their duties. His staff included 50 lawyers who drafted over 7,000 bills which were filed by Legislators in the Texas House and Senate. He was responsible for the work of 200 information technology specialists
who developed and maintained the software and Internet tools needed to
ensure transparency by allowing Legislators and the public to track the
progress of various legislative functions and activities. In 2008, the
Texas Legislature Online website was recognized as the best legislative
website in the country by the National Conference on State
Legislatures. The Council also provided legal advice and software tools to assist Legislators in their redistricting efforts.
his career, Milton also served as a Senior Advisor to Lieutenant
Governor David Dewhurst and as the Chief of Staff for State Senator
2004, Milton served as the Executive Director of the Republican Party
of Texas. Under his leadership, Texas Republicans added five members to
the 1980s, prior to working in the public sector, Milton was the
Marketing Research Manager for Midland based ClayDesta Communications.
He was responsible for monitoring the services and rates of ClayDesta’s
competitors. His work ensured that ClayDesta provided excellent client
services and competitive rates.
is a graduate of the Governor’s Executive Development Program and the
Transformative Leadership Program, both offered by the LBJ School of
He is a graduate of the City of Georgetown Citizens Academy.
enjoys sharing his knowledge. Over the past 15 years he has taught
other managers how to build and lead successful teams. He taught the
principles of Top-Grading and John Maxwell’s Laws of Leadership and
Teamwork to his staff at the Railroad Commission, the Governor’s office
and the Texas Legislative Council. He also served as a mentor to
participants in the LBJ School of Public Affairs’ Executive Master
served on the governing board of the State of Texas Data Center and on
the board of the State of Texas Centralized Accounting and
Payroll/Personnel System (CAPPS). In 2011, he served as a member of the
City of Georgetown Charter Review Committee.
Milton grew-up on a farm near Schwertner. He graduated from Bartlett High School and attended the University of Texas at Austin.
wife, Nancy Rister, is the Williamson County Clerk. They have been
married for 35 years. They have two daughters and two precious
grandchildren. They have been members of Crestview Baptist Church in
Georgetown for 20 years.