San Miguel Power members elect their board of directors by secret ballot at the Annual Meeting of Members held each summer or by mail-in vote. Board members are elected from the membership, by the membership. They are chosen from seven different districts within SMPA's service territory. Each district contains approximately 1,300 members and votes for their specific director representative. SMPA's board members serve four-year terms. Each director represents a specific geographic region within SMPA's service territory. There are currently seven director districts. View the director district map.
All SMPA members have the right to vote for the director representative in their district and to run for election in their district. Your name must appear on a San Miguel Power account to be considered eligible to vote or run for election. Members who are unclear of their membership or account status are encouraged to call SMPA and speak with a customer service representative.
SMPA directors have the responsibility of setting the strategic direction for the cooperative. Directors are required to represent the membership on a fair and impartial basis for the best interest of all members and attend regularly scheduled board meetings. Attendance at national, state and local meetings, where the interest of San Miguel Power is concerned, is often necessary as well.
The nominee must not be a relative of any employee of SMPA. The nominee must be willing to uphold the mission of SMPA which is to demonstrate the corporate responsibility and community electric service. The nominee will support decisions made by the Board of Directors to the membership, keeping in mind that the Board, to be effective, must act as a body and not as individual members in providing trusteeship for SMPA.
The board has set the official date and location for the 2017 Annual Meeting as June 8th at the SMPA Ridgway Office. Mail-in ballots are due the day before the Annual Meeting, June 7. Members may also vote in person during the voting period on the day of the Annual Meeting.
SMPA's service territory is divided into seven districts. Each district elects their director to serve a four-year term. Normally only two districts will hold elections in a calendar year. In 2017 only District Five and Seven will have an election. Ballots will be mailed only to SMPA members within the district(s) that have board seats up for election. You should receive your ballot at least ten days prior to the Annual Meeting.
SMPA directors are not elected on an 'at-large' basis. Members will NOT vote for their director representative every year. Only members whose primary electric account is located in the district(s) with board seats up for election will vote. Cast your vote by return mail or return your ballot to either SMPA district office before 5:30 p.m. on the day before the Annual Meeting. You can also vote in person at the Annual Meeting. If you are a member with multiple accounts please contact us to determine what district your primary account is listed in.
The information listed below are the qualifications for a person seeking election to the Cooperatives Board of Directors:
- A candidate for election as Director of a district, each Director elected to serve, and each Director appointed by the Board of Directors must be and remain throughout that person’s term as Director:
(i) a natural person; (ii) a Member in good standing of the Cooperative; (iii) legally capable of entering into legally binding contracts;
(iv) not convicted of or plead guilty to a felony within the past five (5) years; (v) not be financially interested in a competing enterprise or business selling electric energy or electric supplies to the Cooperative; (vi) not be employed in a managerial or sales capacity by a competing enterprise or a business selling electric energy or electric supplies to the Cooperative except local renewable and net meter accounts which have agreements with the Cooperative and are in compliance with Cooperative policies; (vii) free of any continuing and substantial personal interest that is in conflict with the best interests of the Cooperative; (viii) not a relative (as defined in the Bylaws) of any employee of the Cooperative; (ix) not be employed by the Cooperative within the past three (3) years; (x) not be an attorney hired by the Cooperative within the past three (3) years; and (xi) a resident of that district.
- The nominee shall, if elected, discharge his/her duties in good faith, with care an ordinary prudent person would exercise, and in the Cooperatives best interests.
- The nominee should be willing to represent the membership on a fair and impartial basis for the good of and in the best interest of all members.
- The nominee must be willing to attend regularly scheduled board meetings and to attend national, state and local meetings where the interest of the Cooperative is concerned. The nominee must also be willing to attend Director training institutes and seminars, which will aid in keeping him/her informed on matters affecting the interests of the Cooperative.
- The nominee should be aware that members of the Board of Directors serve without salary and on a fee basis for the time given to regularly scheduled affairs of the Cooperative, and in addition, they will be reimbursed for all reasonable expenses in connection with such scheduled activities.
- The nominee should agree to serve the term of office to which elected until a successor has been appointed or elected.
- The nominee understands that, if elected, no relative (as defined in the Bylaws) of the nominee will be eligible to become or remain an employee of the Cooperative.
- The nominee must be willing to uphold the mission of the Cooperative which is to demonstrate corporate responsibility and community service while providing our members with safe, reliable, cost effective, and environmentally responsible electric service.