Pedernales Electric Cooperative


Oakley, Powers re-elected to PEC board

Lew K. Cohn/Burnet Bulletin
Robert Phillips, left, a PEC member relations regional manager out of the Marble Falls office, presents the United States flag, while Wes Womack, a journey worker from Marble Falls, presents the Texas flag during the PEC annual meeting Saturday, June 22, at Horseshoe Bay Resort.





By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Burnet County Judge James Oakley won re-election by a very slim 55-vote margin to the Pedernales Electric Cooperative board of directors at Saturday's annual meeting, held at Horseshoe Bay Resort.

Oakley, seeking his third three-year term as a PEC director for District 5, received 1,565 votes, while Blanco County attorney John A. Watson received 1,510 votes. Lisa Ivie Miller received 1,456 votes and Kenneth Reneau received 286 votes.

Meanwhile, District 4 incumbent director Jim Powers was also re-elected as he defeated two challengers. Powers, who was seeking his second term on the board, received 2,558 votes, while Kathi Thomas received 2,066 vortes. Joe Pool received 1,282 votes.


Pedernales Electric Cooperative announces director candidates

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

The Highlander

Pedernales Electric Cooperative members in districts 4 and 5 will elect directors to serve a three-year term in the 2019 election, which culminates at the annual meeting in June at Horseshoe Bay Resort.

Incumbent District 4 director James Oakley is seeking re-election and will face a challenge from three opponents: Lisa Ivie Miller, Kenneth Reneau and John A. Watson. Incumbent District 5 director Jim Power is seeking re-election and will face a challenge from two opponents: Joe Pool Jr. and Kathi Thomas.

The candidates will introduce themselves to the cooperative membership at a candidate forum on Thursday, April 18, at the PEC office in Johnson City.

Only members living within a geographic district may vote for the directors who represent them. District directors are determined by the location of a member's primary account.


PEC names Parsley new chief executive, promotes Dauterive

The Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) Board of Directors on Thursday, Oct. 26, selected Julie Parsley to lead the nation’s largest and fastest-growing distribution electric cooperative and advanced Eddie Dauterive to chief of operations.

Parsley is a former partner of Parsley Coffin Renner, a law firm specializing in utility regulations.


PEC Complaint Committee recommends against removing Oakley from Board

PEC director and Burnet County Judge James Oakley

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

A Pedernales Electric Cooperative complaint committee has stopped short of calling for the removal of Burnet County Judge James Oakley from the Board of Directors entirely but has recommended his removal as Vice President of the cooperative's board.

The recommendation of the Complaint Committee will be discussed and action taken during Tuesday's regular Board of Directors meeting at the cooperative's headquarters in Johnson City.

The board will also consider a resolution by Oakley to rescind the bylaws for removal and discipline of a PEC director from bylaw amendments that were put in place just one week before Oakley made a post on Facebook which brought national media spotlight to the PEC and cast Oakley in an unfavorable light.


PEC Board votes 6-0 to investigate Oakley complaint, consider possible removal

James Oakley

The Pedernales Electric Cooperative Board of Directors voted 6-0 Wednesday, Nov. 30, to give written notice to director James Oakley that the board will consider his possible removal on Jan. 17 if a complaint filed against Oakley is found to merit such discipline.

In a resolution approved at a special called meeting, the board voted to establish a committee to investigate the complaint against Oakley and determine what punishment, if any, he may face for a social media post made earlier in the month in which Oakley commented it was “time for a tree and a rope” for the suspected killer of a San Antonio police officer.

Board President Emily Pataki indicated the committee, which will be comprised of directors Kathy Scanlon, Paul Graf and herself, can consider all avenues open to them through the cooperative's bylaws, including removing Oakley from the position he has held since 2013.

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