Annual Meeting Cancelled
Otero County Electric Cooperative’s Board of Trustees has made the difficult decision to cancel the annual meeting scheduled for August 1 in Cloudcroft. After a thorough discussion of current public health orders restricting large gatherings and other facts surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board felt the cancellation was the best course of action at this time to protect the health of members, employees and surrounding communities.
Election of trustees is held each year at the Annual Meeting, but with the cancellation, those trustees up for reelection in 2020 will retain their position until elections can be held, presumably at the 2021 Annual Meeting. At that time, elections will be held for six trustees. The positions for terms that would have expired in 2020 will be elected for the remaining two years of the term expiring in 2023, and those with terms expiring in 2021 will be elected for the normal three-year term. To be considered for election in 2021, interested members would need to submit signed petitions using the same guidelines as outlined in the Bylaws.
A lot of great information about the state of your co-op is disseminated at the meeting each year. Even though the get together will not be happening, we still want to share what has been going on at OCEC since the last annual meeting. Trustee and general manager updates, recognition of scholarship recipients and other news that would normally be seen at the meeting will be posted to our website and Facebook page in coming weeks to help keep you informed about co-op business. And, capital credit checks will be mailed to those receiving a retirement payout from 1995-1996.
The annual meeting is a part of the co-op’s rich 81 year history and an important event to our co-op family. We looked forward to seeing all your smiling faces this year, but the safety and well-being of members and staff is top-priority.