Meet the Board of Directors
A nine-member Board of Directors leads the co-op. Our Board members, who are also members of the cooperative, are elected for three-year, rotating terms. Bluebonnet's electric service area is divided into seven districts without limitations on the number of directors from any one county (Article III Section 1 of Bylaws). All of the districts are represented by one director except for District 3, Bastrop County, which is represented by three directors.
Board of Directors Committees
Each member of the Board of Directors also serves as a member of one (or more) of four committees with preliminary oversight of the co-op's most important areas of focus and work. Projects, topics and proposed plans are first presented to committees, and then are taken as recommendations to the full Board.
* Board Chairman Ben Flencher is an ex-officio member of any committee.
The committees are:
Russell Jurk – Chair
The Audit & Finance Committee is responsible for selecting and recommending an independent financial auditor to the Board. The committee is also responsible for reviewing the auditor’s reports, meeting with the auditor, responding to auditor recommendations and reporting the results to the Board. The committee will also periodically review and recommend changes to the cooperative’s Board policies.
Roderick Emanuel – Chair
The Member and Employee Services Committee is responsible for reviewing and reporting to the Board on the cooperative’s strategy and direction related to member interactions and engagement. The committee will assist in the development and review of the cooperative’s member survey, electric rates, economic development initiatives and community involvement. They are also responsible for establishing and maintaining fair and competitive benefits for cooperative personnel and retirees. The committee receives reports from management on the performance and effectiveness of Bluebonnet’s employee benefits. Annually, it reviews Bluebonnet’s existing employee benefits, develops benefits strategies and recommends benefits package to the Board.
Robert Mikeska – Chair
The Energy Services Committee is responsible for reviewing and reporting to the Board on the cooperative’s strategy and direction related to power supply and electric distribution. The committee maintains a comprehensive understanding of Bluebonnet’s wholesale power contracts, opportunities for generation acquisition, wholesale market conditions and alternative generation strategies. The committee also receives reports from management concerning the performance, planning and investment in Bluebonnet’s electric distribution system.
Milton Shaw – Chair
The Legal & Governance Committee oversees the cooperative’s legal functions, assists the Board’s oversight of material, business, and operational risks and exposures of the cooperative, and provides advice/counsel to the Board and other committees of actions, activities and initiatives to mitigate risks and exposures. The committee reviews significant claims and litigation with General Counsel and receives reports from General Counsel of material legal activities and the effectiveness of the cooperative's legal and governance efforts. They recommend actions and/or improvements to the Board and oversee compliance with the cooperative’s charter, bylaws, and Board policies. If appropriate, they recommend amendments or changes to maintain legal, effective governance.
Bluebonnet Board election process
Currently, there are nine directors on the Bluebonnet Board. At each Annual Meeting of the members (held the second Tuesday in May), directors are elected by ballot by the members to serve for the term elected or until their successors are elected and have qualified. Directors are elected to staggered terms of three years, each to succeed the directors whose terms will expire at that time.
To run for election for director or accept nomination to run for director, a member:
- Must be at least 21 years of age.
- Must be in good standing with the cooperative (not be in violation of any provision of Bluebonnet’s charter, tariffs or bylaws, and not have a claim or litigation pending against the cooperative).
- Must be of good character or general reputation, not have been convicted of violating a federal or state penal statute involving moral turpitude or dishonesty, and not have been convicted of a felony.
- Must be a legal resident of a county in the district that is served totally or partially by the cooperative. The member need not be a resident of the portion of the county served by the cooperative. (For example, a member can live in a part of Bastrop not served by Bluebonnet but have a ranch with a Bluebonnet meter elsewhere in Bastrop County.)
- Cannot be in any way employed by or financially interested in a competing enterprise, or a business selling electric energy or electric supplies to the cooperative, or a business primarily engaged in selling electrical appliances, fixtures or electric supplies to the members of the cooperative.
- Cannot be an incumbent of or a candidate for an elected public office for which a salary is paid.
- Cannot be an employee of the cooperative or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates.
Only members who are duly nominated can be voted upon for the office of director. Candidates must use the Application for Nomination of Candidate form provided on Bluebonnet’s website, bluebonnet.coop, or available at any of the co-op’s Member Service Centers.
The completed Application for Nomination of Candidate form must be filed in any Bluebonnet Member Service Center no later than 4 p.m. at least 90 days before the Annual Meeting. Completed applications must include either at least 50 signatures by members residing within the director district for which the election is being held, or a money order or certified check for the $250 filing fee.
To form a quorum at the Annual Meeting, at least 150 members must be present in person or represented by proxy.
Each member is entitled to one vote. Members may vote by proxy, but only if their proxy (a) is registered with the cooperative at its principal office before 5:30 p.m. on the fifth business day preceding the date of the Annual Meeting, (b) is executed by the member in writing and designates the holder thereof who is a natural person or the proxy committee to cast his or her vote, (c) specifies the particular meeting at which it is to be voted, and (d) is dated not more than 90 days prior to the date of that meeting. Any mailed proxies not otherwise dated are deemed dated as postmarked if the postmark is satisfactory evidence. Memberships in the name of non-natural members may be voted by a person duly authorized by the member, either in person or by proxy.
For more information on the Bluebonnet Board Election Process, see our Bylaws.