Two incumbents will return to the Okanogan County Electric Cooperative (OCEC) board of directors, along with a new member. OCEC members voted in the directors, who were all unopposed, in an election this month.
Incumbents include John Kirner, who has served on the board since 2013, and Michel Murray, who was appointed to the board in January to fill a vacant position. Kirner has a background in public health, shipbuilding and water utility management, including 27 years at the Tacoma Department of Public Utilities. He will serve another three year-term.
Murray has worked in electrical industry and energy conservation fields for 15 years. He is currently president of a nonprofit he founded that supports policies enabling electricity consumers to better access their energy usage data for conservation purposes. He was elected to complete the remaining two years of the appointed board position.
Chris Legler was elected to a seat previously held by Curtis Edwards, who did not seek re-election. Legler moved to the Methow Valley with his family last summer from Seattle. He has worked in business management at several companies, and currently runs Evergreen Consulting, which helps companies develop and implement strategies for growth. He will serve a three-year term.