Wagner censured at co-op meeting

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Presenting trustee Charles Wagner with a letter at the May 22 Socorro County Cooperative meeting, board president Luis Aguilar outlined the censures Wagner would face given the results of an independent investigation of Wagner.

Aguilar listed the negative results of the investigation, citing policies and laws Wagner had violated. Then he read the censures Wagner is facing because of the investigation:

  • “You will not be appointed to any SEC committees while I serve as president.”
  • “You will continue to not be able to attend executive sessions of the board.”
  • “You will not be authorized to attend any NRECA (National Regional Electric Cooperative Association) or NMRECA (New Mexico Regional Electric Cooperative Association) meetings on behalf of SEC.”
  •  ”And you will not be presented with any SEC credentials to attend any other meetings.”

Finally, Aguilar said, Wagner has displayed insulting, demeaning and sarcastic behavior toward co-op attorneys and made baseless accusations in an email.

Aguilar asked for an apology for those things.

“You will be immediately removed from any meeting in which you are demeaning, belittling, sarcastic or disparaging toward trustees, staff or council,” Aguilar said and promised the letter would be published to the website.

Wagner responded by pointing out he has already been removed from all those things.

Also Wagner said the same things he was being accused of saying in meetings have been said to him by other board members.

“I can show you films where lots of people have called me idiot,” he said.

Wagner said he was not sure what Aguilar wants him to apologize for.

“You did go for some 22 months as secretary without obeying the open meetings act,” Wagner said. “Judges actually found us liable in that case. That is something you did and you haven’t apologized for. This board sued the members and I later wanted to rescind that. They never have apologized to the members.

“I think this is a piece of crap, to tell you the truth.”