Bylaw 3: Reduce the Size of the Board from 9 to 7 Directors (with corresponding re-districting)
DCEC bylaws currently state that the DCEC Board will be comprised of 9 directors representing 9 geographic districts of the DCEC service territory. This bylaw change proposes to reduce the size of the DCEC Board to improve board effectiveness and to reduce DCEC operating costs associated with director training, per diem, travel and other related board expenses.
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), the national association of 932 electric cooperatives in the United States, has conducted studies for member cooperatives. Through their consulting practice, NRECA has indicated that these studies suggest that a 7 member board may improve overall effectivness and efficiency while not degrading overall governance and decision-making authority.
Based on this advice, an interest to make the Board cost-effective as well as input received in a recent membership survey, the DCEC Board proposes to reduce the size of the board from 9 to 7 directors (over time through attrition) while simultaneously transitioning from 9 districts to 3 regions (North, Central, South). The creation of 3 regions would not only continue to provide members geographic representation on the Board but would also provide greater opportunity for members to serve on the Board based on their location.