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Cooperative Restructures to Better Serve its Members


EO Jack L. Perkins announced changes in the cooperative’s organizational structure to its employees in early May. The

new structure better reflects the function of each department as well as the size of the organization. The reworked organization is more vertical, meaning it has more layers. “Our cooperative has experienced tremendous growth since

it acquired new territory in 2006,” said Jack Perkins. “We have added employees over time without making any significant changes in departments or responsibilities. It was time to see how we could evolve to better meet the needs of our members. This new organization is a work in progress with the flexibility to change in the future.” The primary change members will notice is that four

vice presidents, rather than managers, will report to the Chief Executive Officer. Two of those positions are currently vacant and will remain so through the end of this year as the cooperative is not currently hiring any employees. Barbara Pritchard, previously the manager of Administrative

Services, is now the vice president of Administrative Services. Zac Perkins, previously the manager of Communications and Member Relations, is now the vice president of Corporate Services. Positions for a vice president of Operations and a vice president of Finance are vacant and will be filled at a later date. Corporate Services now includes the functions of communications, public relations, safety and compliance, dispatching, member services, billing, information technology ,


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mapping, metering and SCADA. Having these functions under one leader will help to improve the service we provide to our members through tighter integration of the teams. Congratulations are in order for Joel Gerber, previously the information technology coordinator, who is now the information technology manager with responsibility for information technology, advanced metering infrastructure and mapping. Rick Wayman, previously construction supervisor, is now

the construction manager. He has responsibility for construction, staking, warehouse, right-of-way, electrician and mechanical personnel. Bryan Robertson, previously maintenance supervisor, is now the maintenance manager with responsibility for service technicians and substation personnel. David Tivis, previously metering and SCADA supervisor, is now the manager of metering and SCADA. He has responsibility for the metering and SCADA personnel. Most individual employees retained the same responsibilities in their positions. Of course, the Chief Executive Officer still reports to the

cooperative’s elected nine-member Board of Trustees. “We expect these changes to enhance the service we provide to our members,” said Jack Perkins. “I hope any members with feedback on our performance will let us know how we’re doing.” Members can contact Tri-County Electric at 800-522-3315 or They can also write a note to Tri-County Electric, P.O. Box 880, Hooker, OK 73945.

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