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Letter: Fairfield Electric Cooperative committed to transparency

Posted: September 2, 2018 2:20 p.m.
Updated: September 4, 2018 1:00 a.m.

I am extremely interested in economic development and the furtherance of economic development in Kershaw County for revenue and jobs. One essential component of economic development is providing affordable utilities for residential, commercial and industrial. A major utility provider in Kershaw County is Fairfield Electric Cooperative.

I am a member of Fairfield Electric Cooperative, but also as a member of Kershaw County Council, I recognize how essential reliable affordable power is for the economic development of the county residentially, commercially and industrially. As you have read in the paper, there is a controversy in regards to Tri-County Electric Cooperative, which I understand serves part of Kershaw County, as well as some discussion as to governance issues of other cooperatives.

I want to recognize Fairfield Electric Cooperative for adopting a transparency policy as to its meeting times, minutes, CEO compensation and compensation of its board members. Some co-op CEOs are making large sums of money and retirement benefits.

Mitchell D. Rabon, a resident of Kershaw County and former member of Kershaw County Council, is now the president of Fairfield Electric Cooperative. I have spoken to Mr. Rabon and he is dedicated to transparency between the cooperative and its members, including residential, commercial and industrial users.

This is important to economic development.

Kenneth Miles and Timothy Hopkins are also Fairfield Electric Cooperative board members from Kershaw County and they are also dedicated to transparency.

I hope other cooperatives will follow the lead of Fairfield Electric Cooperative and its transparency policy, which will aid in economic development.

I want to thank the board members of Fairfield Electric Cooperative from Kershaw County -- Mitch Rabon as president, Kenneth Miles as board member and Timothy Hopkins as board member -- for their leadership and interest in economic development in Kershaw County. They are providing transparent leadership to an important Kershaw County economic development partner.

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