Board Information

Board Information

Midland Power Cooperative is governed by a board of 12 directors. Each director represents a geographical area of the cooperative’s service territory called a district. Midland Power has three directors in each of its four districts. To locate your district please review our district listing and district maps.

To contact any director, please visit our contact your director page or call (800) 833-8876.

District 1 District 2 District 3 District 4
Randy Christensen Jim Byriel Michael Coleman Charlie Gilbert
Paul Heineman Bill Harleen Joel Skow Tom Ingebritson
Kim Rinker Tom Ross Rick Thompson Jack Runge

 

Nominations and Elections

At the beginning of each year, a nominating committee (members elected by fellow members) seeks candidates to run for the board and the following year's nominating committee. Contact information for the nominating committee is published in the co-op's newsletter. Eligible candidates willing to run for the board or nominating committee will appear on the official ballot for the corresponding district. 

Each co-op membership is eligible to cast one ballot during the annual cooperative election process. An official notice of annual meeting and a corresponding ballot will be mailed to each membership's address on file. The membership may use the mailed official ballot and envelope to vote in advance of the annual meeting or vote in-person during the annual meeting. Typically, each district will elect one director and up to three nominating committee members to represent the corresponding district.  

Board Meetings

Board meetings are typically held on the third Wednesday of each month, but are subject to change. The majority of board meetings take place in Jefferson, however, they are occasionally scheduled to be held in Iowa Falls or Humboldt.

Member Attendance

A member should first visit with the CEO concerning any subject on which they wish to address the Board. In many cases, the CEO may be able to satisfy the concern or request. If it is the member's desire, after discussion with the CEO, to present the subject matter to the Board, then the member should request to be placed upon the agenda and give written notice of the subject matter upon which they desire to address the meeting. Such written notice shall be received at the headquarters of the Cooperative on or before fifteen (15) days prior to the meeting date. When the request is received, the CEO will convey the request to the President of the Board. The Board President will determine whether the member shall be allowed to address the Board. The President (or CEO at the direction of the President) will in any event respond to the member's request in writing, and if granted, notify the member of the date and time the member is to appear before the Board. 

 

Your Board of Directors

Image of President Jack Runge

Jack Runge, 
President
Alden
District 4

Image of Vice President Tom Ross

Tom Ross, 
Vice President
Ames 
District 2

Image of Secretary Randy Christensen

Randy Christensen, 
Secretary
Scranton 
District 1

Image of Treasurer Michael Coleman

Michael Coleman, 
Treasurer
Humboldt 
District 3

Image of Asst Sec/Treas Rick Thompson

Rick Thompson, 
Asst. Sec./Treas.
LuVerne
District 3

Image of Director Charlie Gilbert

Charlie Gilbert,
Iowa Falls
District 4
 

Image of Director Tom Ingebritson

Tom Ingebritson,
Hubbard
District 4

Image of Director Kim Rinker

Kim Rinker
Ogden
District 1

Image of Director Joel Skow

Joel Skow
Wesley
District 3

Image of Director Paul Heineman

Paul Heineman
Ogden
District 1

Image of Director Bill Harleen

Bill Harleen
Madrid
District 2

Image of Director Jim Byriel

Jim Byriel
Ames
District 2

The co-op is led by consumers, like you

Roles of members, directors, and employees.

As a member of Midland Power Cooperative, you can nominate and vote on who represents you on the co-op’s board of directors, and it is the board of directors that determines the strategic direction of our local, not-for-profit business.

These directors are members of Midland Power, like you, elected by fellow members to the board.

What is expected of a director?
Your directors must constantly consider policies affecting the co-op. For example, how much must we spend on maintenance? If we need a new substation, how will we build it? How will we finance it? How often do we update our technologies and facilities to stay efficient?

It’s not an easy task. Responsibilities stack up, and time commitments are considerable. Besides attending board meetings every month, each director must continuously educate himself or herself about the complex business of electricity production and distribution, as well as the intricacies of strategic planning, and financial decision-making.

The board is entrusted with the future of the cooperative. The board must balance the interests of the members as owners, members as consumers, employees and the public. This includes ensuring the financial integrity of the cooperative, providing quality and reliable service to all members, communicating with members and being a leader in the community.

In a democracy, member participation is crucial. That’s why it is important for you to vote in co-op elections, attend various member events and meetings and let us know when issues arise that need our attention.

Co-ops are different than other forms of businesses because of you, our members, and because of the way decisions are made. We welcome and encourage your involvement. After all, it’s YOUR co-op.