Members interested in running for a Linn County Rural Electric Cooperative board of director position must meet the qualifications set forth in the cooperative’s articles of incorporation and bylaws.
Board of director requirements are set under Article IX, Section 3 states: “the individual (1) must be a bona fide resident of the district for which he or she is nominated, (2) must hold membership in the Cooperative for at least one year, (3) must be receiving electric service from the Cooperative at the location where he or she resides, (4) must not be in any way employed by or extensively financially interested in a competing enterprise or business selling electric energy or electrical supplies to the Cooperative, or a business primarily engaged in selling electrical or plumbing appliances, fixtures or supplies to the members of the Cooperative, and (5) in the case of a joint membership, either one but not both may serve as a director at any given time, and both joint members must meet all of the other qualifications set forth herein (6) must not be so closely related to any Cooperative employee so as to violate the Cooperative’s Employment of Relatives Policy EP-11, (7) must not be a current or former employee of the Cooperative, and (8) shall not be a convicted felon.
The primary duty of the directors is to establish rules, regulations and policies that guide the operations of the cooperative. They include:
- Establishing and maintaining corporate existence
- Trusteeship of member interests
- Planning and controlling
- Providing facilities, finances and authorities
- Time Commitment
Director Time Commitment
Being a board member requires a large time commitment. The average number of hours spent by a Linn County Rural Electric Cooperative board member on a monthly basis is 16-18 hours. This time includes training, participation in legislative activities, keeping up to date on electric utility trends, and preparing for regular board meetings.