Co-op board reorganized

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At a meeting held Jan. 2, the Socorro Electric Cooperative trustees conducted a reorganization. Three trustees’ terms expired and one new trustee will be sitting on the board for 2013.
Trustees Paul Bustamonte, Leroy Anaya and Milton Ulibarri ended their trustee terms on Dec. 31, 2012, and Anne Dorough took the District 5 trustee seat at the table beginning Jan. 1.
During the meeting, for which no agenda was posted or made available to the public, trustee elections were held.
Co-op attorney Lorna Wiggins called the meeting to order and, after a paper ballot method was established, took nominations for the position of board president. Luis Aguilar and Prescilla Mauldin were nominated for the president position. Aguilar won in a 6 to 1 vote.
Aguilar took his place at the head of the table and ran the rest of the meeting. For vice president, David Wade and Mauldin were nominated and Mauldin won.
Aguilar led a discussion as to whether the positions of secretary and treasurer should be combined into one since the board is now seven members rather than nine.
Trustee Charlie Wagner suggested the two be combined to save money for the members; only one person would have to be paid extra for the position rather than two.
Trustee Donald Wolberg said just because the board is small doesn’t mean the jobs would be any easier or take any less time for those who do them, and so the positions should remain separate.
In a vote to keep the positions separate, the board tied 3 to 3 and Aguilar cast the tie-breaker. The positions will remain separate.
When it came to a vote for secretary, Dorough, Wade and Leo Cordova were nominated and all of them declined the nominations. Finally Wagner nominated Wolberg and suggested Wolberg be seated by acclimation.
“I prefer secret ballot,” Wolberg said, and so was elected to secretary by secret ballot.
After Wade declined a nomination to the treasurer seat, Cordova was nominated and elected, by secret ballot, to the position of treasurer.