• District 1 Director Terry Alley steps down from LPEA board


    Electric cooperative initiates procedure to fill vacant Archuleta County seat

    DURANGO, Colo. – Citing his imminent move to Colorado Springs, Colo., La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) board member Terry Alley has stepped down from his position as a director in District 1 – Archuleta County. The LPEA board will immediately initiate efforts to fill the vacant seat.

    “The move comes after a great deal of thought and consideration,” said Alley, a native of Pagosa Springs who has served on the LPEA board since 2001. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the La Plata Electric board and will miss working with everyone.”

    Pursuant to the LPEA Bylaws, Article III, Section 7, a vacancy shall be filled by an affirmative vote of a majority of the remaining directors and that any director so appointed serves for the remainder of the term of his predecessor. Alley’s current term expires in May 2013.

    Any member of La Plata Electric Association who is a permanent resident of District 1 (Archuleta County) can apply for the vacant seat. Applications and support information is available on-line at www.lpea.coop, as well as at the cooperative’s offices in Durango (45 Stewart St.) and Pagosa Springs (603 S. 8th St.). Completed applications must be returned – Attention: Greg W. Munro – by noon on Friday, August 12, 2011, in person to the Durango office, by mail (PO Box 2750, Durango CO 81302-2750) or electronically to gmunro@lpea.coop.

    “We will review all the written candidate applications and arrange for personal interviews by the end of August,” said Jerry McCaw, LPEA board president, noting that hope is to have a selection finalized by the Sept. 21 LPEA board meeting. “Terry’s shoes are going to be big ones to fill and we can only hope to find someone as competent, caring and conscientious as Terry is. He has served all the members of LPEA extremely well.”

    Alley has a background in education, having earned his Bachelor's degree from Fort Lewis College, Master's degree from Western State College and Superintendent Endorsement from the University of Colorado. He retired after 31 years with Archuleta County District 50 Joint. During his tenure, he served as teacher, coach and school principal, though for his last 21 years with the district, he was superintendent of schools.

    Active even in retirement, Alley has been involved in a variety of local organizations over the years including the board of directors for Archuleta Housing, Charles Hughes Foundation, Archuleta Scholarships in Escrow and Archuleta Housing for the Elderly.

    During his tenure on the LPEA board he was elected to two terms as president and served on the Administration Committee, Budget Finance and Audit Committee, External Organizations & Issues Committee as well as the FastTrack Communications board.

    He and his wife Jennifer have four children. Alley cited family issues as the reason for the move to Colorado Springs. His final LPEA board meeting was Wednesday, July 20, 2011.

    “We will certainly miss him,” said Greg Munro, CEO. “All of us wish him and Jennifer the very best.”

    LPEA, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative established in 1939, provides to its more than 30,000 members, with in excess of 42,000 meters, safe, reliable electricity at the lowest reasonable cost, while being environmentally responsible. For additional information, contact LPEA at 970.247.5786 or visit www.lpea.coop.

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