Board of Directors
NEC has one director for each of its seven distribution territory districts and one retail director. Click here to view the district map. Simply type in your address in the search bar to see which district you belong to!
You can also click on the districts below for a better view of the district boundaries.
|Dr. Rumaldo Z. Juarez||District 1|
|Gregg Truesdale||District 2|
|David Rosse - Secretary-Treasurer||District 3|
|Donald Wayne Herrmann||District 4|
|Bill Hartman - Vice-President||District 5 (Formerly 7)|
|Brian Menking - President||District 6 (Formerly 8)|
|Johnny Alvarado||District 7 (Formerly 9)|
|Gladys Lippincott||District 8 Retail|
Every three years, your board of directors conducts a review of these districts, as required by the cooperative’s bylaws. Due to the retirement of District 5 Director, Maxine Stewart and the tragic death of District 6 Director, Thomas Ermis in 2019, the decision was made at the Jan. 2020 board meeting to eliminate both of these director positions and remain with an eight-member board of directors. It was also decided in the February 2020 board meeting to re-draw NEC’s district boundaries. The goal is to find the right balance. The board was careful to balance the need to make updates that meet a growing and ever-changing membership, while making sure to protect our member’s rights. NEC reviewed the size of its Board of Directors relative to other cooperatives. The review revealed that reducing the Board size would more closely align with the number of directors of similarly sized cooperatives. This change, illustrated above, will allow the cooperative to save operating cost and improve director accessibility. As a utility owned by those we serve, NEC is focused on the best interests of all our members. If you have any questions regarding the reorganization of board district boundaries, please contact us at 361-387-2581.
Board Meeting Dates
Our Board of Directors meet on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the NEC headquarters office - 14353 Cooperative Avenue Robstown, TX 78380.
Director Election Process
NEC prides itself on its director elections. The election process reflects one of the Seven Cooperative Principles - democratic member control: one member, one vote. Nueces Electric Cooperative is member-owned and is governed by a ten (10) person, member-elected board of directors. These directors represent the ten member directorate districts of the cooperative. A portion of the co-op directorships stand for election each year - usually three districts. The board of directors determines the method for voting in the director election. For many years, the method of voting has been an in-person or proxy voting process which takes place in conjunction with the annual membership meeting. Relevant information about this meeting and the annual report appear in the Texas Co-op Power magazine. It is up to you, the members, to elect the directors best qualified to run your cooperative. There is no term limit for an NEC director but he/she must complete the nomination process every three years and be re-elected by the members.
NEC's director nomination process begins each June as members in the districts up for election are invited, through the Texas Co-op Power magazine, to request petition packets to become candidates on the annual meeting director election ballot in accordance with the bylaws. Any NEC member in a district up for election may seek to become a candidate. Those members interested in becoming candidates may request and sign for an official petition form and instruction sheet. At least fifteen (15) signatures of qualified members within the voting district, received at the co-op by the designated deadline, are required to nominate a member from a district for the Board. If more than two candidates are nominated for a directorship, a primary election will be held in the district to select two candidates who will appear on the election ballot. At the annual membership meeting all members of NEC may vote to elect the new directors in the districts up for election. All members will receive a ballot by mail or attached to the Texas Coop Power Magazine. If members cannot attend the meeting, they may cast their vote by mailing in the ballot.
Directors are tasked with the development of governance policies and monitoring the financial health of the cooperative. In addition, they are charged with keeping up-to-date on industry trends, legislative actions, and other pertinent issues affecting cooperatives as well as representing the membership at cooperative related functions.
Section 8. Compensation; Expenses.
(a) Directors shall not receive a salary for their services as such. However, subject to subsection (b) below and as determined by policy adopted by the Board, directors may receive a fee, which may include insurance benefits, for each day during which they attend meetings or otherwise perform duties on behalf of the Cooperative. Fees for otherwise performing their duties need not be the same as for attending meetings of the Board.
(b) For attending meetings and otherwise performing duties pursuant to authorization thereof by the Board, directors shall be advanced or reimbursed their related expenses actually and reasonably incurred and expended by them, in accordance with the same policy established by the board for advancement or reimbursement of expenses for Cooperative employees, except that the policy may be different as it relates to uses of personal automobile.
Each year NEC files IRS Form 990 (Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax). NEC is a 501(c) (12) organization under the IRS code. Form 990 has financial information for the cooperative in addition to a list of directors and the executive manager along with their annual compensation. This document is public information. The IRS regulations, which became effective on June 8, 1999, state that every organization required to file Form 990 annually is obligated to immediately provide copies of its three most recent 990s to anyone requesting them in person, or send out copies within 30 days to any written request. You may request copies from NEC, download them via the link at left or Form 990s are also available from the IRS upon request at the district office where the forms would have been filed.