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Choctaw Electric Hires New CEO


he Choctaw Electric board of trustees is pleased to announce the hiring of a new general manager. Jon Miles of Albia, Iowa will serve as the new chief executive officer (CEO) of Choctaw Electric Cooperative.


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Miles brings more than 30 years of rural electric cooperative experience to the position, including more than 20 years as CEO/general manager.


Miles served as CEO of Chariton Valley Electric Cooperative for eight years. The electric co-op in Albia, IA, serves 6,400 members. Prior to working for Chariton Valley Electric, Miles worked for Navopache Electric Cooperative in Lakeside, AZ.


Miles leadership experience includes serving on several committees including NRECA’s Region 5 Resolutions Committee and the Association Services and Safety and Loss Committee for the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives.


“The Choctaw Electric board of trustees is extremely pleased to bring a man of Miles experience, knowledge and passion to our cooperative,” said Joe


Harris, CEC’s interim CEO. “These are all qualities that were advanced during an extensive search for a new CEO.”


Raised in rural Kansas , Miles began his career working as a lineman for a local electric cooperative. His experience gives him valuable insight and knowledge into all areas of electric cooperative utility operations.


Read Miles personal introduction to co-op members on page 5 of this issue.


KUDO’S TO CEC LINEMEN


“ I want to thank the men and women who got out in the rain and lightning for us all to have electricity! You do this all the time, I know, usually without any recognition for the all the hard, dangerous work you do. I know you all get wet and tired yet you face the storms for your customer’s comfort. I appreciate each and every


one of you. We can’t thank you enough. “ —DEBBIE FREEMAN, CEC MEMBER


Want To Change The Choctaw Electric Bylaws?


Choctaw Electric Cooperative (CEC) members may submit proposed changes to the CEC bylaws no less than 90 days prior to the CEC Annual Meeting on September 26, 2015.


The CEC bylaws are the rules under which your cooperative operates. These rules govern many aspects of your cooperative business including the election process and the establishment of cooperative voting districts. Information about amendments and changes is found in Article XV of the CEC bylaws.


CEC will publish proposed bylaw changes in the co-op’s monthly newsletter,


Inside Your Co-op, prior to the annual meeting. Proposed bylaw changes will also be viewable on your co-op website at www.choctawelectric.coop, and CEC’s Facebook page.


Members will vote on proposed bylaw amendments at the annual meeting.


Copies of the CEC bylaws are available at your co-op office in Hugo, Idabel, and Antlers, or download a copy at www.choctawelectric.coop. If you have questions about the process of amending your co-op bylaws, please call CEC at 800-780-6486, or 580-326-6486.


Bill Payment Options


There’s more than one way to pay your electric bill


Choctaw Electric Cooperative (CEC) provides several convenient bill payment options and payment plans.


Pay online at www.choctawelectric.coop. Using our SmartHub service portal you can also view your account history, check your account balance, energy usage and more.


Budget Billing. With this option your energy usage is averaged over 12 months, helping you avoid seasonal high bills .


Automatic Payment Plan. Monthly bill payments are automatically withdrawn from your checking, savings, or credit card account.


Automated Pay-By-Phone. Pay using Visa or Mastercard by calling 800-780-6486, ext. 105. Please have your account number handy when you call.


Prepaid Billing. Pay ahead for your electricity and eliminate late penalties and disconnect fees. Requires an energy purchase of $50 to begin.


After Hours Payments. Use the payment drop box at CEC locations in Hugo, Idabel and Antlers, or use SmartHub to pay online.


Authorized Payment Locations. Pay your bill at any of the following locations Monday through Friday during regular office hours.


• First Bank & Trust, Idabel • McCurtain Co. National Bank, Idabel • Choctaw Electric Cooperative, Idabel • Idabel National Bank, Idabel • First Bank, Antlers • Ameri State Bank, Antlers • Choctaw Electric Cooperative, Antlers • First National Bank, Broken Bow • First Bank and Trust, Broken Bow •


McCurtain Co. National Bank, Broken Bow


• Shamrock Bank, Clayton • Choctaw Electric Cooperative, Hugo • First Bank, Hugo • First Bank and Trust, Hochatown • First State Bank, Valliant • McCurtain Co. National Bank, Valliant • First Bank and Trust, Wright City


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