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Board of Directors


Your Current Bayfield Electric

Board of Directors


Curt Berweger  (6), Mark Santikko (2), Russell Bailey (1), Carl Schutte (5),  

Robert Kretzchmar (8), Barry Radloff (7), Jim Kinzie (3),

Ken Clement (9), Jeff Moravchik (4), 


District 1:  Orienta, Port Wing, Clover, Bell, Bayfield, Russell, Bayview

District 2:  Brule, Oulu, Iron River, Cloverland, Tripp, Hughes

District 3:  Drummond, Barnes, Delta, Mason

District 4:  Washburn, Barksdale, Pilsen, Keystone, Eileen

District 5:  Sanborn, Gingles, Kelly, White River, Marengo

District 6:  Grand View, Lincoln, Shanagolden, Gordon

District 7:  Cable, Namakagon, Spider Lake

District 8:  Ashland, Anderson, Morse, Gurney

District 9:  Knight, Carey, Oma, Mercer, Winchester, Pence, Michigan, Saxon, Kimball





The following director districts are up for election in 2020:

District 5: Sanborn, Gingles, Kelly, White River, Marengo

District 6: Grand View, Lincoln, Shanagolden

District 9: Knight, Carey, Oma, Mercer, Winchester, Pence, Michigan, Saxon, Kimball





As approved by the annual membership meeting in June 2014, the Cooperative Bylaws now provide that all candidates for positions on the Cooperative Board of Directors must be nominated exclusively by petition, signed by at least 10 Cooperative members from the district for which the candidate is seeking election, and filed with the Cooperative at least 90 days prior to the annual membership meeting. 


Article IV, Section 5. Nominations. Nominations for any position of director may be made by petition signed by not less than ten (10) members from the director district from which a director is to be elected. Such petition shall be filed at the office of the cooperative at least ninety (90) days before the membership meeting at which directors are to be elected. Petitions filed less than ninety (90) days prior to the meeting shall not be considered.  The notice of the meeting shall list the names of all candidates for director nominated by petition.



  • The Fact Sheet for Nominees in this issue describes the qualifications for directors, duties and responsibilities, and nomination process.

  • Interested members, please contact our office for the Verification of Qualifications and Declaration of Candidacy and Official Petition Form to circulate for the required signatures.

  • The filing deadline for petitions is MARCH 10, 2020.








  • You must be a member of the Cooperative within the District you are seeking to represent, or the designated representative of an entity member such as a limited liability company or partnership.  This means you must take electric service at either a permanent residence; a seasonal residence; or a commercial location within the district.  (If you are running for the board as a representative of an entity member, please contact the CEO, additional conditions may apply.)
  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You must not be employed by, or have a financial interest in a business that competes with the Cooperative, or a business selling energy, supplies, services or equipment to the Cooperative.
  • You must not have any outstanding debts to the Cooperative, or brought a claim against the Cooperative or its employees, officers or directors in the previous 5 years.
  • For more details, refer to the Article IV, Section 2 of the Bylaws or contact the CEO.



Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Board members are charged with the responsibility of overseeing the Cooperative, including: strategic planning, fiduciary responsibility, setting policy and direction, corporate duties, governance, and other general duties relating to the business of the Cooperative.
  • Board members are provided with a preliminary agenda in advance of each board meeting.  Directors may be expected to review additional materials in preparation for the meeting.
  • Directors are expected to personally attend:
    • Board Meetings – The Cooperative Board normally meets on the first Friday of each month at the Cooperative’s office in Iron River, WI.  Board meetings usually begin at 11:00 a.m. Board meetings may occasionally be scheduled for other days and/or to begin at other times.
    • Annual Meeting – This is usually held on a weekday evening during the month of June.
    • District Meetings – from time to time, Directors may be asked to attend District meetings and report back to the full Board.
    • Committee Meetings – you may be asked to serve on the Board’s labor or audit committee and provide a report to the full Board as necessary.
  • Directors are strongly encouraged to attend training and become a Credentialed Cooperative Director (CCD).  This is typically accomplished within the first term on the Board  (3 years).  Expenses associated with this training are paid by the Cooperative.
  • Directors are approved to participate in a variety of regional, state and national events.  Participation requires travel by car or plane. These events usually require advanced preparation such as reading the materials provided and familiarizing oneself with the issues involved. Events may be business or training related, or political in nature. Directors who attend regional, state, and national meetings may be expected to provide a report on their attendance to the rest of the Board.
  • Directors are required to review, acknowledge and abide by the Cooperative’s Code of Ethics.
  • Directors represent Bayfield Electric in the community and elsewhere, which may include making public presentations.
  • Directors may be eligible to serve on boards of companies or organizations affiliated with Bayfield, such as the Cooperative’s power supplier, Dairyland Power Cooperative.



Nomination Process


  • Nominations shall be made by petition.
  • The petition must be signed by at least ten (10) members in good standing from the District you are seeking to represent.
    • A member in good standing is defined as one who is receiving electric service from the Cooperative, is current on their electric bill, and does not have any bad debts with the Cooperative.
    • Note: it is a violation of privacy laws for the Cooperative to provide candidates with payment or debt information about members. Candidates will have to do their best to verify the standing of a member signing the petition. Candidates are encouraged to get more than the minimum number of signatures.
  • Joint members (typically a husband and wife) shall count as one signature.
  • The completed petition shall be submitted to the Cooperative at least ninety (90) days prior to the annual meeting at which the election is held.
  • For complete details on director nomination and election procedures see Article IV of the Cooperative’s Bylaws or contact the CEO.




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