Trustees and Elections
The role of a Trustee
The Hancock-Wood Board of Trustees typically meets once per month to establish basic business policies and rates. The board employs a President and CEO responsible for day-to-day business operations and employee issues.
Hancock-Wood members vote for these 10 trustees, each of whom represent a district.
Some cooperatives use the term director instead of trustee as "one who guides the course of action." This is key, because the role of a trustee is not to be involved in daily decision-making, but to guide, point and direct. This is why trustees normally come to the Cooperative office only once per month. Trustees are entrusted to focus on the financial well-being of Hancock-Wood.
Trustees are not involved in specific employee or service, precise departmental or staffing plans or issues. They look at the business from a macro point of view, so, the daily decision-making is left to the President and CEO and employees.
A trustee should have the best interest of the cooperative at heart, without placing his or her own interest or agenda first or serve on the board solely to assist the cooperative or for any personal gain. They should have the capability to guide the President and CEO through the formulation of sound policies, which protect the financial and operating integrity of the cooperative as well as protect the rights of the membership.
Member-owners of Hancock-Wood have a voice in the service they receive. Trustees represent the member voice. One way a member can exercise that ownership is by expressing opinions and concerns to your own trustee representative.
Consider running for trustee
Any member can become a trustee. As mentioned, seats on the board are designated by geographic area. To run, a position must be available in your area, and to qualify, you must basically:
- Have been a member for at least three (3) years.
- Have not been an employee for three (3) years prior.
- Not be closely related to an employee.
- Not be employed by a financially interested competing enterprise, or a business selling electric power or supplies to the cooperative.
Basic timeline of the election process: (dates subject to change)
- February - Members are notified of districts up for election via company publications.
- March - Members in each district up for election are mailed election nominations, where they can submit names for their trustee position. Members then mail back nomination forms, which are then counted. President & CEO then contacts the top voted nominees for interviews.
- Mid-May - Election ballots are mailed to each district.
- Late May - Ballots are returned, and then counted.
- June - Election results are announced at the Annual Meeting.
For more information on the election process, simply contact us.
A map to determine in which district you reside.
Contact your trustee
Information is listed here for contacting your trustee.