Meet your 2019 director candidates

Posted on Apr 28 2019 in Orange County REMC

Randy Roberts has served on the board of directors for 30 years, representing District 2, which includes REMC service territory in Washington and Crawford counties.

Roberts lives north of Campbellsburg and is a lifetime resident of Washington County. He and his wife, Sharon, have three children; Adrienne (Corey Baker), Paige (Justin Holsapple) and Landon (Lauren Roberts); and four grandchildren: Hayden, Charlee and Leni Holsapple, and Hudson Roberts.

Roberts attended Purdue University where he studied general agriculture and animal husbandry. He is part-owner in a fifth-generation farming enterprise with his brother, Rick, and son, Landon. The business includes a commercial cow/calf herd, along with freezer beef, hay, corn and soybean operations.

As a director, he earned his Credentialed Cooperative Directors Certificate through the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. He is a member of the Washington County, Indiana, and National Cattlemen’s Associations; Washington County Extension Board; Springville Feeder Auction Board; and Turtle Creek Cattle Alliance; and maintains ownership in Heartland Premium Aged Beef. Other community involvement includes the Brown Township Advisory Board, Cavetown Cemetery Board and Sugar Creek Christian Church. Roberts takes pleasure in Purdue sports, spending time with his family, attending cattle sales, traveling and outdoor activities.


Rodney Hager has served as Orange County REMC director representing District 4 which includes Orangeville and Northwest townships since 2001. Now serving as board president, Hager earned certification as a Credentialed Cooperative Director (CCD) in his first term as a director and qualified for a Board Leadership Certificate (BLC) from National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) in his second term. Throughout his term as director, Hager has completed additional director education.  

In 2002, Orange County REMC board of directors selected Hager as our representative to Indiana Electric Cooperatives (IEC). The statewide association provides legislative and administration services to 39 Indiana cooperatives. In 2007, he was elected to the executive committee of the statewide association representing District 7 consisting of Southeastern Indiana REMC, Clark County REMC, Harrison County REMC, Jackson County REMC, as well as Orange County REMC. While serving on the executive community of Indiana Electric Cooperatives, he served as president in 2010 and 2011.

Hager is a lifelong resident of Orange County and the Orangeville area. He graduated from Orleans High School in 1964 and has three children. He retired from General Motors after 33 years of service and now devotes his time to farming, raising beef and having an excavation business.

Hager has served as Orangeville Township trustee for 12 years. He is a member of the Bethel Church and is a 45-year member of the Orleans Masonic Lodge. Hager is a member of the Orange County Cattlemen’s and the Indiana Beef Cattle Associations. He served as regional director and on the executive committee for the Indiana Beef Cattle Association, serving as president and past president in 2006 and 2007. He is also proud to have been nominated for and received the 2009 Master Farmer award presented by the Indiana Prairie Farmer magazine and Purdue University.  


George Key has served as Orange County REMC director representing District 7 for the past nine years. He served as secretary in the past and currently is vice president of the board.

Key earned his certification as a Credentialed Cooperative Director (CCD) in his first term in office, and is currently working toward his Board Leadership Certification (BLC) from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).

Key is a lifelong resident of Orange County (residing in Southeast Township). He has been a member of the cooperative since 1982, and is a graduate of Paoli Jr.-Sr. High School.

Key and wife, Charlotte, a retired teacher, have two sons.  John, married to wife Ashley, is employed with Wright Brothers in Corydon where he is a mechanic and Gold level Stihl technician. Ashley is employed at Baptist Health-Floyd as an RN. Aaron is married to Karson. Aaron is employed at Paoli Jr./Sr. High School where he teaches geometry and algebra II, drives a school bus and assists with the varsity boys’ basketball team. Karson is employed with Electricom in the human resource department and has coached the Paoli Junior High girls’ basketball team the past two years. 

Key, ordained in 2005, has pastored Little Mission Church since August 2004. He has been a contracted school bus driver for Paoli Schools for 34 years. He, and his wife, mother and sons, and daughters-in-law run the family farm raising beef cattle, alfalfa hay, wheat, corn and soybeans. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting and fishing, and playing with his mini donkeys and fainting goats. Each spring, he anticipates the return of his purple martin colony, hosting an average of 175 plus pairs of birds each year.

Key has served three terms (nine years) on the Farm Service Agency (FSA) committee. He currently serves on the Orange County Soil and Water Conservation board and on the Orange County Cattlemen’s Association committee. In addition, he has been the Republican precinct committeeman for Southeast Township for several years. 

Key, always interested in helping others, sees serving on the REMC board of directors as an opportunity to help and serve not only members in District 7, but all members across the REMC service territory.

In his past nine years serving as a director, Key has seen positive things moving the cooperative forward for an even greater tomorrow and future. He has played an active role in helping to select a new general manager (CEO) to lead the cooperative. He has also appointed a member of his district to serve on the Operation Round Up committee and is very proud of the help that Operation Round Up is giving to the community and to the cooperative members. Key is proud of being part of the planning and commitment to the Orange County Fiber project. He sees excitement among REMC members in anticipation of the arrival of fiber to their homes and business and the impact it will have in our community. 

Key, who has a willingness to learn, has felt it is an honor and great learning experience to have served as director of district 7 and will continue to become as educated and as knowledgeable as possible in serving the REMC. Key counts it a blessing to have been able to work with the board of directors, general manager/CEO, staff and all the linemen who keep our lights on. He said he hopes to have the opportunity to continue as director for District 7.