History

Letterhead designed by Hal Empie; used in co-op's early years

 

Timeline

  • August 9, 1947 - Meeting of Incorporators to establish Duncan Valley Electric Cooperative.
    • Incorporators: Robert Mortensen, V.L. Crotts, O.W. Claridge, Gene O'Dell, Henry L. Smith
  • August 13, 1947 - First Meeting of the Board of Directors consisting of the original incorporators.
    • Election of Officers of the Cooperative: Robert Mortensen, President;  V. L. Crotts, Vice President; O.W. Claridge, Secretary-Treasurer.
    • Hired Ernest V. Romney, Jr. as coordinator (later becomes General Manager)
    • Proceeded to purchase the electric facilities of Duncan Utilities Company.
  • January 9, 1948 – Approved the first loan agreements with the Rural Electrification Administration - "REA".
  • February 2, 1949 – First Annual Meeting.
    • Henry L. Smith, President; Ernest V. Romney, Jr., Manager
    • 542 Customers, 434 members receiving service, 108 nonmember consumers receiving service
    • Directors elected for one year term
  • February 1950 – Second Annual Meeting.
    • All consumers receiving service are now members
    • Over 500 members receiving service
  • 1952 – Directors terms changed to three years
  • 1953 – Lee Stratton, Jr. becomes President of the Board of Directors
  • 1954 – Douglas Brubaker becomes President of the Board of Directors
  • 1958 – Larue Allred becomes President of the Board of Directors; Board Expanded to 6 directors
  • 1962 - Douglas Brubaker becomes President of the Board of Directors
  • 1974 – Hired Lucille Smith as General Manager - First woman general manager of an electric co-op
  • 1976 – Board expanded to 8 directors; Gerald Walters becomes President of the Board of Directors
  • 1977 – Johnny Crawford becomes President of the Board of Directors; Hired Robert Payne as General Manager
  • 1979 – Created special district for Phelps Dodge contract; Board expanded to 9 directors
  • 1981 – Charles Clouse becomes President of the Board of Directors
  • 1983 – Wylie Boyd becomes President of the Board of Directors
  • 1985 – Ray Tyler becomes President of the Board of Directors
  • 1987 – Merlin "Art" Payne becomes President of the Board of Directors
  • 1988 – Charles Clouse becomes President of the Board of Directors
  • 1990 – Term limits of three 3-year terms added to bylaws
  • 1991 – Hired Jack Shilling as General Manager/CEO
  • 1993 – Johnnie Frie becomes President of the Board of Directors
  • 1995 – Danny Merrill becomes President of the Board of Directors
  • 1996 – Johnnie Frie becomes President of the Board of Directors; Term limits expanded to four 3-year terms
  • 1998 – Phelps Dodge contract goes away; Board reduced to 8 directors
  • 2000 – Brad Boyd becomes President of the Board of Directors
  • 2003 – Mike Mortensen becomes President of the Board of Directors
  • 2005 – Johnnie Frie becomes President of the Board of Directors
  • 2010 – Hired Michael Pearce as CEO
  • 2014 – Hired Steven Lunt as CEO
  • 2015 – Removed director term limits from bylaws