Fall River Electric’s Board of Directors has selected Jeff Keay of Island Park to fill the remaining 2 years of board member Ralph Burton’s term, which expires in June of 2020. Burton moved from the area which, according to the Co-op’s by-laws, forces a vacancy which the board is required to fill via appointment. A nominating committee, comprised of owner-members of the Cooperative, provided the board with four highly qualified candidates which were then interviewed by the full board. Keay lives in District 8 which comprises members residing in northern Island Park.
Keay is the retired Deputy Regional Director of the U.S. Geological Society where he guided thirteen scientific research centers with 1,500 employees in five western states. He holds a PhD in wildlife resources from the University of Idaho. Keay has extensive experience in budgeting, ethical and safety issues as well as policy development and implementation.
Ralph Burton served seven years on the Fall River Electric board and most recently was board Vice President and Chairman of the Ad Hoc policy committee. Fall River Electric CEO/General Manager Bryan Case said, “Ralph has been a valued board member who has been one to ask great questions and made well thought-out comments and insights. His business acumen and previous cooperative experience has been extremely valuable in board discussions and decisions. We were sad to have him move from our service territory.”
Case went onto say of Keay, “Jeff’s experience and background will provide a new and exciting dimension to our board. We look forward to his future contributions.”
Fall River Electric’s Board of Directors consists of nine members residing in all areas of the Co-op’s service territory. Each board member is elected to a three-year term by all the owner-members of the Cooperative. The board manages the business of the Cooperative and provides direction to the Co-op’s CEO, who has the responsibility to manage the day-to-day affairs of the Cooperative. The board meets monthly at the Cooperative’s headquarters in Ashton. The minutes of their meetings on posted on the Co-op’s website for all members to review.