Illinois Municipal Electric Agency

IMUA Training Staff

Ed Cobau
Director - State Association Services &
Communications / Safety & Training

As Director of Safety & Training for IMUA, Ed is responsible for the planning, development, administration and communication of all association-wide safety and training programs, seminars and related activities. In addition to coordinating the activities of three professional trainers working on IMUA's behalf, Ed also is responsible for assisting member municipalities in ensuring compliance with Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL), Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and other regulatory requirements.

Ed joined IMUA in July 2003 as Member Services Director. He served in that capacity until being named acting executive director in December of that year, a position he held until becoming manager of safety and training on November 1 of 2004.

Prior to joining IMUA, he served for more than 19 years in a variety of communications positions in the Public Relations and Public Affairs departments of the former Central Illinois Public Service Co. in Springfield , now known as AmerenCIPS.

A native of Springfield , he is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University and Springfield College in Illinois.

Ron Cook
Wheaton, IL

A native of Wheaton, Cook currently is principal and a safety and training consultant with his own company, ELM Training, LLC, based in Wheaton. He has more than 44 years of experience in the electric utility industry, including 33 years with the investor-owned utility Commonwealth Edison Co. in northern Illinois and 11 years as a private contractor working with municipal utilities in Illinois, Indiana and other neighboring states, primarily in providing lineman skills and electric-operations safety training. In addition, Cook has extensive experience in the administration and management of safety programs, personnel, training centers and municipal facilities and operations, including two years as director of safety and training for IMUA’s statewide trade association counterpart in Indiana, the Indiana Municipal Electric Association, headquartered in Noblesville, Indiana. Cook attended the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, and has completed numerous courses in engineering, transformers, electric trouble-shooting and mathematics, and is a member and certified flagger training instructor with the National Safety Council (NSC).

Denny Swan
Villa Grove, IL

A native of Pana, Illinois, Swan retired this past April 1 after a nearly 40-year career with the former Central Illinois Public Service Co. (CIPS), Ameren CIPS, Ameren Illinois and now Ameren, and in his most recent position as safety supervisor for Ameren’s Division IV, headquartered in Champaign. Throughout his career, he has served as a lineman, line-crew foreman, customer service representative, area operations supervisor and division electric and natural gas construction supervisor. A graduate of Southern Illinois University’s VOTECH School of Aviation and the ALBAT Lineman Apprenticeship Training Program (LATP), Swan also attended Parkland College in Champaign. He is a certified First Aid/CPR/AED instructor through the American Red Cross (ARC) and conducts OSHA compliance training on such topics as fall protection, trenching and shoring, fork lift operation and certification, asbestos awareness, lead awareness, fire extinguisher operation and safety, and general OSHA CFR 1910.269 compliance requirements training. He was instrumental in the establishment of SafeStart, a new safety program for Ameren employees designed specifically to reduce that utility’s overall accident, injury and illness rate. He also served as co-architect of Ameren’s Field (Operations) Safety Manual (the most recent edition updated in October of 2014), the equivalent of the APPA’s Safety Manual, the latter which is considered by many to be the “safety bible” of the public power industry. Additionally, he formed a 28-member Safety Council comprised of various Ameren electric, natural gas and substation employees, and instituted a company-wide driver safety program for all Ameren employees called the Smith System Driver Direct Program.