Qualifications to be a Trustee
Electric cooperatives are governed by a board of trustees, who are each members of the cooperative residing in the districts they represent. They are elected to the board by members of their respective districts, at meetings held in the districts. Each trustee serves a three year term, and the terms are staggered so three different trustee terms expire each year.
Qualifications for trustees can be found in the cooperative’s bylaws: Article 4, Section 4.
Those qualifications are:
“Each year, there shall be elected trustees to succeed all trustees whose terms of office shall expire at the time of holding such election. All duly elected and qualified trustees shall serve for the term of three (3) years, or until their successors are elected and qualified, subject to the provisions of these bylaws with respect to the removal of trustees.
No person shall be eligible to become or remain a trustee of the cooperative who:
(a) is not a member and bona fide resident in the area served or to be served by the cooperative; or
(b) is any way employed by or financially interested in a competing enterprise or a business selling electric energy or supplies to the cooperative, or a business primarily engaged in selling electrical or plumbing appliances, fixtures or supplies to the members of the cooperative; or
(c) has been convicted, pled guilty, or pled nolo contendere to a felony; or
(d) is a close relative of an incumbent trustee or of an employee of the Cooperative, or
(e) is or was an employee of the cooperative during the preceding three years prior to time of filing or being nominated.