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Board of Directors

pictured back row, left to right: Marion Nelson, Sammy Hall, Chester Mercer and Cecil Patterson
pictured middle row, left to right: George "Buck" Comer, Brenda P. Green and Mike Rainey
pictured front row, left to right: Tommy Noles and Dan Greene

George "Buck" Comer
District 2, Post 2
Eatonton

Brenda P. Green
Chair
District 2, Post 1
Eatonton

Tommy Noles
Secretary/Treasurer
District 3, Post 2
Milledgeville

Dan Greene
District 1, Post 1
Gray

Sammy Hall
Vice Chairman
District 3, Post 1
Milledgeville

Chester Mercer
District 1, Post 2
Gray

Marion Nelson
District 3, Post 3
Milledgeville

Cecil Patterson
District 1, Post 3
Haddock

Mike Rainey, III
District 2, Post 3
Eatonton

 

MEETING WITH THE BOARD:

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. 

THE PURPOSE OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

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 at the previous year’s annual meeting, 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. 

HOW TO SERVE ON THE BOARD:

Ever wonder how the Board of Directors election process works for your co-op? Here’s an overview of director qualifications and steps taken to be on the ballot.

Qualifications to Serve on the Tri-County EMC Board:
(Reference: Bylaws Section 4.02 Qualifications)

  • Member cannot be a “close relative” of an incumbent director or an employee of the cooperative. As used in these bylaws, “close relative” means a person who is either a spouse, child, grandchild, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, nephew, or niece, by blood or in law, of the principal.
  • Member must have a permanent residence served by Tri-County EMC
  • Candidate must be a member for at least 2 years prior to the election
  • Member must have the legal capacity to enter into contracts in the State of Georgia
  • Former Tri-County EMC employees must wait two years before being eligible to serve on the board
  • Member cannot be employed by or have any financial interest in a competing enterprise or a business selling electric energy or supplies to the cooperative

How to Get on the Ballot:
(Reference: Bylaws Section 4.06 Nominations)

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

  • Being nominated on the floor of the prior year’s annual meeting by a fellow member
  • Being nominated by the Nominating Committee to be included on the ballot for the election. The Nominating Committee is chosen at the previous year’s annual meeting and will meet no less than 90 days prior to the annual meeting. 
  • Submitting a petition signed by 100 fellow members. No electronic signatures accepted. Petitions must be submitted to the Nominating Committee no less than 90 days prior to the Annual Meeting on October 17. 

2019 NOMINATING COMMITTEE:

The purpose of the Nominating Committee is to nominate qualified director candidates residing in the district that has a director vacancy. In addition to nominating members themselves, they can also accept nominations from members outside the committee that would like to run for a director position. The 2019 Nominating Committee, elected at the 2018 Annual Meeting, include the members below. Those interested in running for a director seat should contact one of the members below or Tri-County EMC at 478.986.8100 by June 19, 2019. 

DISTRICT 1: 
Jones, Bibb & Twiggs
Evelyn Simmons
Norma Hancock
Tracie Gattie

DISTRICT 2:
Putnam, Jasper & Morgan
Ken Farr
Hank Raehn
Tim McKinney

DISTRICT 3:
Baldwin & Wilkinson
James Findley
Hunter Bacon


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