Valley Electric Association Inc.
Dave Dawson, director of District 6 for Valley Electric Association Inc., resigned, Valley announced on November 7. Dawson had announced in early 2019 that he would not look for another term; his current term expired in the spring of 2019.Valley Electric Association Inc.
The last of the six directors selected by a group of members known as VEA Members for Change has left the board of the cooperative. Dave Dawson, director of District 6 for Valley, left the cooperative board in early November. The board of directors of Valley Electric Association Inc. is undergoing changes again with several new faces in recent months and more on the way. The director of Valley District 6 retired from the meeting in early November.
Dave Dawson, District 6 director for Valley Electric Association Inc., withdrew from the cooperative’s board, according to a Valley press release, based in Pahrump.
A spokesman for the cooperative had reported early Thursday that Dawson had resigned.
In an updated written statement, Valley stated that Dawson is retiring from the council.
“I had announced several weeks ago my decision not to seek reelection and retire in April, but for personal reasons, I have decided to retire now,” Dawson said in the statement.
Dawson had been reelected for a three-year term in 2017. Dawson announced earlier this fall that he was not seeking re-election for his position, which is at stake in the spring of 2020.
Dawson was first elected to his seat in 2008.
“The process of finding a successor to complete Dawson’s unexpired term is under way,” Kathleen Keyes, president of the Valley Electric board of directors, said in the cooperative’s statement.
Valley 6 District members are ready to receive notification of the open seat by mail, according to the Valley release.
The limit to apply for the District 6 position is Monday, December 2. The Valley board hopes to appoint Dawson’s successor at its regular meeting on December 19.
Members for change
Dawson has been criticized by a group of members known as VEA Members for Change, who had addressed the six Valley Electric directors on the board in February 2019 for removal.
Change member leader Bruce Holden announced during the cooperative board meeting in October that the group had reached the threshold for the number of signatures needed to convene a special meeting, where Dawson could have been rejected by the members of your district.
According to a previous interview with Holden, Members for Change had verified more than 740 signatures of their petition campaign, where 675 were needed to begin the process of convening a special meeting.
“We are very happy to see Dawson resign,” Holden said in an email.
Holden sees Dawson as the last of six directors “directly responsible for the mismanagement of Valley Electric Association (VEA).” Getting the six directors to resign, be revoked or not running for re-election was the main objective of Members for Change. ”
Members for Change began their petition campaign in September to eliminate Dawson, after not being able to reach the necessary number of members in District 6 for elimination.
At the district level, Members for Change had fallen short, with 39 signatures, of the number needed to convene a special meeting for the removal of Dawson.
Members for the change had reached a critical point earlier this year after a petition campaign in the first half of 2019 on the interpretation of the statutes of the cooperative on the dismissal of directors.
Valley argued that directors should be removed by district, where 10% of district members could sign a petition for a special meeting that could lead to the removal of a director. On the other hand, Members for Change, who declared that the bylaws allowed the removal of any director by gathering enough signatures to equal 10% of the total membership.
Members for Change, which launched its petitions campaign in February 2019, had collected hundreds of signatures in the first half of the year under the parameters that it believed would generate a special meeting for the removal of the six directors. Members for Change began their campaign after an increase in residential broadband and electricity rates for Valley members.
Two directors were eligible for dismissal by district at that time: Peter Gazsy (former director of District 1 for Valley), resigned from his post for a pending retirement and former director of District 4 for Valley, John Maurer.
Maurer, however, had already resigned.
The other four directors selected by Members for Change, who resigned for several reasons throughout 2019, were Ken Derschan (former District 5 director); Dave Hall (former District 2 director and chairman of the board); Rick Johnson (former director of District 3); and more recently, Dawson, director of District 6.
The recent request to eliminate Dawson may not have succeeded.
Former interim CEO of Valley Electric Inc., Dick Peck, said before his departure that Members’ recent action to The change to eliminate Dawson would probably not advance because the group was using the same request it had in February, although the group needed to update its request.
“We told them three times that the old petition cannot be used,” Peck said in a previous interview with the Pahrump Valley Times. “If you want to eliminate Mr. Dawson, you can and should. But you have a petition that turns around in particular and says District 6, and here are the charges for that request. ”
Dawson was the last director of the board that was the target of Members for Change when it launched in February.
The group, however, does not plan to disappear.
Holden wants to see changes in the amount of representation Pahrump has in the Valley Electric board. He estimated that approximately 11% of Valley’s membership lives outside of Pahrump, but elects four of the six Valley directors.
“Our group believes that this should change,” Holden said in an email. “A minimum of three of the directors must be elected from Pahrump.”
Members for Change is also critical of the Valley law firm and some of its past actions.
“We would also like to see VEA replace your current law firm,” said Holden.
Members for change is positive in board members now in place in Valley.
“So far, we believe that, in general, the new directors are on the right track,” said Holden. “From now on, we hope they are much more open with membership.”
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Take a look
Valley Electric Association, Inc. (VEA) is a nonprofit power company owned by its members based in Pahrump.
While VEA started as a small rural power company in 1965, the company now provides electric service to more than 45,000 people (18,000 member-consumers) within a vast 6,800 square mile service area located primarily along the California line. -Nevada, with the majority in Nevada.
Valley Communications Association (VCA), a wholly owned subsidiary of VEA, began providing high-speed communications to our proprietary members in the spring of 2016.
The VEA service area begins in Sandy Valley, southwest of Las Vegas, and extends northwards for more than 250 miles to Fish Lake Valley. For more information on VEA, visit www.vea.coop
Source: Valley Electric Association