What changes in policy really mean

Board chairman shares the facts

Posted on Jan 05 2021 in Decatur County REMC
Michael Brelage
Board Chair

The Decatur County REMC (DCREMC) board of directors has a responsibility to listen, guide, and make decisions in the best interest of the members and cooperative.  The board is the governing body responsible for establishing policies, providing oversight, and delegating authority to the CEO to execute plans, programs, and policies.  The board works diligently to learn about the electric industry, future trends, where we are and where we want to be in the future.  We also feel strongly that our cooperative is dutiful at sharing information and being transparent with members.

In an effort of transparency, I am compelled to share facts regarding recent rumors that a policy (2-7) was changed in which DCREMC board of directors are no longer allowed to speak with members.  That is simply NOT TRUE.

The fact is the board reviewed and made changes to policy 2-7, which covers members attending and speaking at board meetings.  This policy has nothing to do with directors speaking to members. Changes were made to policy 2-7 to more efficiently resolve member questions or issues by employees and subject matter experts, prior to being brought forward to the governing body, the board of directors.  Policy 2-7 still allows members to bring their question or issue forward at a board of directors meeting if they are not satisfied with the resolution of their original issue.

The DCREMC board of directors are dedicated to serving our members and would love to hear from you and share information.  We are also happy to help connect you with DCREMC employees who are the subject matter experts that can answer your specific questions.