Great Lakes Energy is an electric cooperative, which is a democratic organization controlled by a board of directors. The board is made up of members who actively participate in setting policies and making decisions. The elected representatives are accountable to the membership.
Directors are elected to three-year terms by the membership according to district. GLE members in three districts designated each year will elect one candidate from within their district to fill three positions on the board annually. Each member of Great Lakes Energy has one vote (one membership, one vote) in the election for their particular district. The election results are announced each year at the annual business meeting held in August.
Counties and directors by district are:
District 1: Emmet County
Director: Paul Schemanski
District 2: Charlevoix, Cheboygan counties
Director: Mark Carson, Chairman.
District 3: Antrim County
Director: Ric Evans
District 4: Crawford, Montmorency, Oscoda, Otsego counties
Director: Larry Monshor, Treasurer
District 5: Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Manistee, Missaukee, Wexford
Director: Dale Farrier, Vice Chairman
District 6: Mason, Lake counties
Director: Bob Kran
District 7: Muskegon, Oceana counties
Director: Paul Byl, Secretary
District 8: Clare, Mecosta, Newaygo, Osceola counties
Director: Tim Brechon
District 9: Allegan, Barry, Kent, Montcalm, Ottawa counties
Director: John LaForge