Suspicions about the utility first cropped up among some of the cooperative’s roughly 17,500 members earlier this month, after it suddenly announced rate hikes to take effect in March, despite promising rate stability through 2024.
Now, in light of allegations of sexual harassment, embezzlement, and financial cover-ups, more than 50 cooperative members are actively working to oust Valley Electric’s board.
“This isn’t professional work,” said Valley Electric member Ken Johnson. “It’s obvious these guys have to go.”
Last month, the new CEO, Angela Evans, was arrested on embezzlement charges. On Monday, Valley Electric hired Richard Peck as interim CEO. Interesting - he was also the clean-up CEO at Beartooth REC in Montana after reformers took control of that board.