1,400+ electric customers overwhelmingly vote to fire embattled co-op board

Electric customers overwhelmingly vote to fire embattled co-op board
Published: Aug. 18, 2018 at 9:16 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 20, 2018 at 8:56 AM EDT
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ST. MATTHEWS, SC (WIS) - After three days of emotional meetings, customers voted overwhelmingly to fire the embattled Tri-County Electric Coop board of trustees on Saturday.

In all, 1,452 votes cast were to fire the remaining board members, with only 30 voted against their firing. Additionally, customers approved new bylaws by a vote of 1,322 to 155.

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The vote comes after customers made multiple attempts to face board members this week. Each time, however, the board did not show up. On Friday, the sheriff and others escorted a frustrated contingent to the boardroom to face them.  In response to the heated gatherings, Saturday brought a large crowd of over 1,000 people to participate in the vote.

In a letter released by the cooperative Saturday evening, the company says customers will be able to vote on new board members later this year.

Members of Tri-County Electric Cooperative will vote on November 17 to elect a new board of trustees. A total of 1,549 members registered at a special meeting today where the board of trustees of the cooperative was voted out of office. Members also approved new bylaws for the cooperative.

You can read the full letter here.

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