A Cooperative is a democracy in action. It is the member-owners who run the Cooperative through their elected representatives on the Board of Trustees. The Missoula Electric Cooperative is divided into seven districts each with a representative on the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees is the governing body and regulatory authority of the Cooperative.
The actions of the Board are restricted by state and federal law, the Articles of Incorporation and the By-laws of the Cooperative.
The Board is the policy-making body of the Cooperative. Each month the Trustees (they are sometimes called Directors) hold a regular meeting in which they will review the policies of the Cooperative, the activities of the Co-op, admit new members, and review the overall financial health of the Cooperative.
The Missoula Electric Cooperative’s regular board meeting is the third Tuesday of each month. The meeting starts at 9:00 AM and is usually held at the Missoula office. Members are encouraged to attend the Annual Meeting held in March. The Board does hold other meetings when circumstances require that a meeting is held.
To be a Trustee you must be a member of the Cooperative, and live in the area you wish to represent. The By-laws also list information on the nomination and election process for Board Members. In electing the Trustees, each member of the Cooperative is allowed one vote, regardless of the number of meters the member has or amount of electricity purchased, it’s one member, one vote.
It is the Board’s responsibility to hire a General Manager to carry out the policies of the Cooperative. The General Manager, in turn, hires the staff to handle the day-to-day operations of the Cooperative and implement the policies set forth by the Board.
This document provides just a brief description of the Director District areas and in no way supersedes the detail descriptions as outlined in the detail maps. To view a map of the seven Board of Trustee Districts, click here.
Director District 1 – Trustee Terry Hoke
General area described as bounded on the north by Interstate 90 and Rollercoaster Road, bounded on the east by Flynn Lane, bounded on the south by the Bitterroot River, bounded on the west by the Clark Fork River, Kona Ranch Road, and Deschamps Lane. This area includes El-Mar Estates, New Meadows, Country Crest, Mullan Trail, Phantom Hills, Hellgate Village, Katonnah Lodges and Grass Valley subdivisions.
Director District 2 – Trustee Tom Alsaker
General area described as bounded on the east by Deschamps Lane and the Clark Fork River, bounded on the north by Interstate 90 and the Missoula/Mineral County line, continuing west to Superior, and bounded on the south by the Petty Creek Area and Sleeman Gulch Area.
This area includes areas around the town of Alberton, Big Flat, South Frenchtown, south Huson, Cyr, Fish Creek, Rivulet, Tarkio, Riverbend, Deep Creek, and Lozeau.
Director District 3 – Trustee Susan Thraen
General area described as bounded on the north by the Alberton area and the O’Brien Creek area, continuing west to include Lolo Pass and Powell, Idaho. Bounded on the east by the Bitterroot River and the Ravalli/Granite County line, and bounded on the south by the Big Creek Area up the Bitterroot Valley.
This area includes Lolo, Lolo Creek, Lolo Hot Springs, Mormon Creek, Sleeman Gulch, Beyer Meadows, Lolo Creek Trails, Powell Ranger Station, Sweeney Creek, Florence, and Bass Creek.
Director District 4 – Trustee Chuck Drinville
General area described as bounded on the east by the Wisherd Bridge on Montana State Highway 200 and the Beavertail Hill area. Bounded on the north by the Greenough Area and the Rattlesnake Wilderness Area. Bounded on the west by Flynn Lane and Gooden-Keil subdivision, bounded on the south by the Missoula/Ravalli County line and the Rock Creek area. This area includes Pleasant View Homes, Gooden-Keil subdivision, the Missoula area, Upper Miller Creek to Miller Peak, Bonner, Piltzville, Turah, Clinton, Rock Creek, Beavertail Hill area, and up the Blackfoot River to Wisherd Bridge.
Director District 5 – Trustee Raymond Cebulski
General area described as bounded on the east by the Missoula/Powell County line, bounded on the west by the Missoula/Lake County line, bounded on the south by the town of Seeley Lake, the Seeley Lake Airport, the Pyramid Lumber Mill site and the Jocko River area. The area includes Seeley Lake, Condon, Salmon Prairie, Holland Lake, Lindbergh Lake, Lake Alva and Lake Inez.
Director District 6 – Trustee Dena Hooker
General area described as bounded on the north by the Double Arrow, the Placid Lake area, and the Missoula/Powell County line. Bounded on the east by the Powell/Lewis and Clark County line. Bounded on the south by the Greenough area and the Nevada Lake area. Bounded on the west by Gold Creek area and Wisherd Bridge on Montana State Highway 200. This area includes Gold Creek, Johnsrud, Bear Creek, Potomac, Greenough, Paws Up Ranch, Double Arrow, Placid Lake, Clearwater Junction, Woodworth, Coopers Lake, Ovando, Kleinschmidt Flats, Helmville, Nevada Lake, and the Nevada Creek drainage.
Director District 7- Trustee Peter Simonich
General area described as all area north of Interstate 90 from the Ninemile Interchange on the west to the Gooden Keil subdivision on the east and bounded on the north by the Missoula/Mineral County line. This area includes Ninemile, North Huson, north Frenchtown areas, which also includes Elk Meadows, Sorrell Springs, Mill Creek, Butler Creek, Sixmile, Meadows of Baron O Keefe, and Evaro.