About Us

Board of Directors

Dan Greene                                   
District 1, Post 1

Brenda P. Green

District 2, Post 1

Sammy Hall

Vice Chairman
District 3, Post 1

Chap Nelson

District 1, Post 2

George "Buck" Comer

District 2, Post 2

Ed Walker

District 3, Post 2

Cecil Patterson

District 1, Post 3

Mike Rainey, III

District 2, Post 3

Marion Nelson

District 3, Post 3


Board members meet on the third Thursday of each month. If you have an issue that you would like to discuss with the board, please contact Sarah Curry at 478.986.8107 prior to the meeting to make an appointment to be placed on the agenda. 


Members of Tri-County EMC Board of Directors are more than just figureheads for the cooperative and the community. They are part of a working board that meets monthly and represents the members as users of the cooperative’s services. 

Serving as a director goes back to the Seven Cooperative Principles -- one of which is a duty of service to the community. The commitment of a director requires both education and training to be able to mitigate risk, approve the cooperative’s rates and budgets, understand power supply, make financial decisions, promote the cooperative business model and keep up to date on political and environmental news affecting cooperatives. 

Tri-County EMC seats a board of nine directors who meet monthly with the CEO and senior staff to review policy, assess rates and receive co-op updates. In addition to the monthly board meetings, they also spend time at home reading and keeping up-to-date on the electric industry, attending trainings, special events, seminars and national update meetings. 

In order to serve on the board, each of Tri-County EMCs directors went through the election process as noted in the cooperative’s bylaws. The members must first meet all the qualifications listed below. If all qualifications are met, members can be nominated for the election, by a member of the Nominating Committee or by petition. More information on this can be found in the How To Get On The Ballot section of this page. 


Tri-County EMC member-owners have an important role in the annual meeting process. Here are the answers to several frequently asked questions about the director election process.

How are director candidates elected?

A Board of Directors election is held annually, rotating each year by post. Ballots are sent to all members via mail or email. Ballots can be returned to Tri-County by mail, electronically, or in person at either office location. To be elected, the candidate must obtain a majority vote. Election results are announced at each year’s Annual Meeting. (Bylaws, Section 4.03, Election)

I would like to run for director. How do I qualify?

To meet the qualifications to have your name placed on the ballot you must satisfy one of the options below by:

  • A candidate must be a Tri-County EMC Member
  • A candidate cannot be a Close Relative of an incumbent director or an employee of Tri-County EMC
  • A candidate must have been a member for at least two years prior to the election
  • A candidate must have the legal capacity to enter into contracts in Georgia
  • Former Tri-County EMC employees must wait two years years before being eligible to serve as a director
  • A candidate cannot be employed by or have financial interest in a competing business (Bylaws, Section 4.02. Qualifications)

How can I get on the ballot?

There are two ways to become a candidate.

  1. Be nominated by the Nominating Committee - a group of up to nine members appointed by the Board of Directors. You may email the Nominating Committee at nominate@tri-countyemc.com expressing your interested in being nominated. The committee will meet in May.
  2. Submit a petition to Tri-County EMC no less than 90 days prior to the annual meeting. The petition must be signed by at least 50 members of the cooperative. (Bylaws, Section 4.06. Nominations.) Contact Tri-County EMC to obtain a petition form.


The Nominating Committee meets annually to consider and nominate candidates for the three Board Posts up for election each year. Those candidates nominated by the committee will be placed on the ballot sent to and voted on by Tri-County EMC membership. The 2024 Nominating Committee includes the members below.

Jones & Bibb
Emory Crumbley
Brent Miller
Darryl Grant

Putnam, Jasper, & Morgan
Holt Spivey
Jerry Sheppard
Dan Kirwan

Baldwin, Wilkinson, & Twiggs
Kevin Pope
Chauncey Keaton
Charles D. Ford


Nominating Committee Results: Chap Nelson (District 1, Post 2), Buck Comer (District 2, Post 2), and Ed Walker (District 3, Post 2) were all nominated. Their names will appear on the ballot as incumbents in the 2024 Tri-County EMC Directors' Election.