Glades Electric Cooperative is a member-owned electric distribution cooperative. Each spring at our Annual Meeting, members have the opportunity to vote for Trustees to serve on our nine-member Board of Trustees. Each year, three Trustee seats are up for reelection. Trustees serve three-year terms. Each Trustee represents a district serving a particular area.
Board of Director Qualifications
By-Laws Article IV, Section 3: Qualifications.
For a person to be qualified to become or remain a Trustee of the Cooperative, they must:
A. Be a natural person or individual and be a member of the Cooperative for at least 12 months, maintain their primary residence in the district which the Trustee represents and purchase electric energy from the Cooperative at that residence;
B. Not be employed by or have a material financial interest in a competing enterprise or business that sells electrical energy or a supplier, contractor, consultant or any other entity with which the Cooperative does a substantial amount of business;
C. Not have a relative employed by the Cooperative (the word “relative” shall be a defined word as used in these By-Laws and shall mean children or their spouses, grandchildren or their spouses, husband, wife, sister, brother, parents, stepparents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and their children, mother-in-law or father-in-law, sisters-in-law or brothers-in-law);
D. Not be employed by the Cooperative or any entity controlled by the Cooperative or an entity in which the Cooperative owns a majority interest and must not have been employed by the Cooperative for a period of five years before becoming a Trustee, and no Trustee may become an employee of the Cooperative or any entity controlled by the Cooperative or an entity in which the Cooperative owns a majority interest for a minimum of five years after leaving the Board of Trustees;
E. Attend at least three-fourths of the regular monthly Board meetings during any 12-month period beginning with the first month the Trustee takes office unless the failure to attend a meeting is excused by Board action;
F. Not been convicted of a felony or any misdemeanors involving dishonesty;
G. Subjected to a criminal background check administered by the Cooperative;
H. Subjected to and passed the initial drug screenings administered by the Cooperative for its employees;
I. Subjected to a credit check performed by the Cooperative without evidence of a history of financial irresponsibility; and
J. Is a member in good standing of the Cooperative without any disconnections for nonpayment of utility services within the last five (5) years.
All persons desiring eligibility to become or remain a Trustee shall be required to (1) execute a document that affirms compliance with the qualifications as stated in Article IV, Section 3 of these By-Laws, and (2) provide a release for the Cooperative to investigate and acquire reports necessary to affirm such compliance in order to be deemed qualified. Upon establishment of the fact that a Trustee is holding office in violation of any of the foregoing provisions, the Board of Trustees shall remove such Trustee from office. Nothing contained in this section shall affect any manner whatsoever the validity of any action taken at any meeting of the Board of Trustees.
Election Process Timeline (in days prior to annual meeting)
140 days – 60 days prior: Nominating Committee appointed and Board of Directors nominees selected. The Board of Directors must appoint a committee of five to 11 members who shall prepare and post at headquarters at least 45 days before the meeting a list of nominations for Trustees to be elected.
No less than 60 days prior: Nominations by petition accepted. Any 15 or more members may make additional nominations in writing not less than 60 days prior to the annual meeting.
No less than 45 days prior: Nominations must be posted at headquarters.
No less than 5 days prior: Names and addresses of nominees will run in Florida Currents.
Annual meeting to be held in March or April to elect trustees of three districts up for election.
Districts up for election in 2021: District 2 – Hendry County, District 6 – Highlands Park, District 8 – Lake Josephine
For additional election information, please see our By-Laws at https://www.gladeselectric.com/member-services/member-forms-information/. If you are interested in serving on the Nominating Committee or the Board of Directors and would like more information, please contact Jennifer Koukos at 863-531-5004 or firstname.lastname@example.org.