Meet Your Directors
This is the last of the three month series, “Meet Your Directors”, which invites you to learn more about each of the nine members who serve on Clay County Electric Cooperative Board of Directors.
Meet Your Directors
This is the last of the three month series, “Meet Your Directors”, which invites you to learn more about each of the nine members who serve on Clay County Electric Cooperative Board of Directors. Beginning with the April issue, this series will continue thru the June issue of Arkansas Living which features three members of the Board each issue.
Each Director of Clay County Electric Cooperative is required to become a Credentialed Cooperative Director within the first three years of their term. These credentials are earned through NRECA Director Education Program; this program allows directors to pursue up to three levels of certification. The programs are designed to help directors understand their roles and responsibilities, stay up-to-date on key issues and industry trends, and to prepare them to meet the current challenges and future challenges of the electric cooperative. The Director Certificate Programs consist of the Credentialed Cooperative Director Certificate, Board Leadership Certificate, and Board Gold Credential. The Board Gold Credential status can only be maintained by completing required courses every two years.
John Dalton serves as President for the Clay County Electric Cooperative Board. Mr. Dalton has served on the Board of Directors since 1979, and he represents Area I, Zone 1. He resides in Pocahontas with his wife, Diana; they have three children Dawn, Rob, Danielle, and seven grandchildren.
Mr. Dalton attended Graham Livestock School and Salisbury Livestock School for pathology of swine and poultry. After completing livestock school, he worked as a livestock consultant for a major feed company. He later worked as the manager of a Case IH tractor dealership. After leaving the dealership, he became the Plant Operations Director for Randolph County Medical Center. For the past sixteen years to present, Mr. Dalton has been self-employed working in carpentry and remodeling.
Mr. Dalton enjoys fishing and is an avid reader. He and his wife enjoy traveling and spending time with their family. They continue to participate in performing at the Northeast Arkansas Corral, as they have for the past 29 years. Also, Mr. Dalton participated in community theatre for more than ten years. He served on the Dalton Fire Department Board of Directors for 15 years, and he served on the Randolph County Soil Conservation Board of Directors for 10 years. His bucket list includes an Alaskan excursion to view glaciers, mountains, Northern Lights, and go ice fishing.
Mr. Dalton said he has and continues to keep the interest of the members at the forefront of all his decisions. He strives to keep electric rates as low as possible and to serve all members to the best decisions. He strives to keep electric rates as low as possible and to serve all members to the best of his ability. He strongly believes every business needs people who are dedicated and willing to serve their members or owners. He stated that the most trying time of his tenure was the 2009 ice storm; both he and his wife assisted in feeding approximately 400 people every evening which included employees and others who came to help repair our system. He also hauled supplies and answered the phone while his wife washed clothes for the workers. He said that he hopes that we never have another ice storm like 2009; but if we do, he with all the other dedicated Clay County Electric directors and employees will pull together to get the power restored as soon as possible.
Mr. Dalton earned his director certification certificates including a Credentialed Cooperative Director Certificate, Board Leadership Certificate, and the Director Gold Credential. He maintains his Director Gold Credential status by participating in the required continuing education courses.
Reuben Seay became a Director of the Clay County Electric Cooperative Board in 1971; he represents Area III, Zone 3. He resides in Rector with his wife, Carolyn, of 55 years. They have two children, Ellen and John, three grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and three step great grandchildren.
Mr. Seay attended Blue Cane Community School, and graduated from Rector High School. After high school, Mr. Seay began farming full time with his family; he farmed over fifty years before retiring. After retiring from farming, Mr. Seay served as mayor from 1987 until 1994. He has recently worked at the Rector Community Center serving as the assistant caretaker. Mr. Seay was a member of the National Guard for ten years serving his community and country.
Mr. Seay is a member of the Rector First Baptist Church. He has been a member of the Dannely Masonic Lodge for 61 years. He is a past president of the Clay County Farm Bureau; other areas of his service include Rector Volunteer Fire Department and Rector Labor Day Picnic which he served in various roles for many years.
Mr. Seay says his favorite reason for serving on the Clay County Electric Board of Directors is being able to assist members when problems arise with their electricity. He says he has seen a lot of changes in his tenure including advances in technology and increased prices of equipment. Mr. Seay also said he hopes that we never have another ice storm like in 2009; but if we do, he knows all directors and employees will work hard together to restore power as soon as possible. He gives the employees of Clay County Electric praise and credit for always restoring power quickly; he also notes that this is because our employees are members of our communities and they care about our communities.
Mr. Seay earned his director credentials which include Credentialed Cooperative Director Certificate, Board Leadership Certificate, and the Director Gold Credential. He continues to maintain his Director Gold Credential status by participating in continuing education courses.
Todd Young was elected to the Clay County Electric Cooperative Board of Directors in 2007; he represents Area II, Zone 2. Mr. Young resides in Knobel; he has two sons, Cole and Marshall, and one granddaughter, Sadie.
Mr. Young graduated from Corning High School; then, attended college at Arkansas State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Ag Business. After college, Mr. Young returned home to farm with his family in Clay County. In addition to farming, Mr. Young is an independent sale representative for Big Iron Auction Services.
Mr. Young attends the Church of Christ. He is also a member of the Corning Lodge and a 32nd degree Mason. He enjoys hunting with his sons, and spending time with his family, especially his new granddaughter who was born just a few months ago.
Mr. Young stated that he was born, raised, and still lives on Clay County Electric Cooperative lines; so, he has always had a connection with the cooperative. He enjoys serving on the Clay County Electric Board of Directors; and as a director, he strives to ensure that the cooperative continues to provide safe reliable energy at the lowest possible cost for the members. He believes the continued improvements in technology increases the service reliability while keeping the price of electric service affordable. His future vision for the cooperative includes continued improvements in all offered services for present and future members.
Mr. Young earned a Credentialed Cooperative Director Certificate, Board Leadership Certificate, and the Director Gold Credential. He participates in continuing director education to keep his Director Gold Credential status.
Clay County Electric Cooperative Area and Zone Map