Co-op 101: Cooperative Trustees

A cooperative’s success depends on three crucial groups – members, employees and elected trustees. The three must work in partnership to ensure our service territory is powered with safe and reliable access to electricity every day.

As a member of Pioneer Electric’s board of trustees, trustees act as representatives, and the collective voice, for the cooperative’s nine districts. Cooperative trustees are tasked with managing the business aspects of the cooperative. We rely on their talents to make informed decisions regarding the cooperative. It is a responsibility that requires providing input and guidance on budgets, infrastructure, economic development and the co-op’s goals and direction.

Cooperative trustees are members elected to serve by their fellow members and must meet the requirements outlined in Pioneer Electric’s bylaws. To serve as a member of the board of trustees, candidates are expected to:

  • Be willing to promote and safeguard the interests of the Cooperative among the members and the general public.
  • Shall represent the membership on an impartial basis for the good of and in the best interest of the entire Cooperative.
  • Support all decisions and actions made or taken by the majority of the Board.
  • Review and study the information contained in reports submitted to the Board.
  • Oversee the Policy and Bylaws of the Cooperative.
  • Objectively evaluate and consider the challenges and opportunities facing the Cooperative and work with the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Staff to develop appropriate strategic direction.
  • Maintain an awareness of the attitudes of the members and general public toward the Cooperative.
  • Serve as an ambassador for the Cooperative’s viewpoints, objectives, programs, and services.
  • Is encouraged to, as personal schedule permits, attend Board-approved national, regional, state and local industry-related meetings and training to better understand issues challenging Cooperative and overall electric industry, etc.;
  • Provide full commitment to carrying out the responsibilities of the office of Trustee and agree to serve the term of office for which elected until a successor has been appointed or elected.
  • Not use the position as Trustee to further political ambitions.

The 2022 board of trustee elections will take place during Pioneer Electric’s 78th annual meeting on Thursday, Sept. 15. Members are encouraged to cast their vote for board representation at the annual meeting or in advance through a mail-in ballot. Members with questions may call 620-356-1211 during regular business hours.