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Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative chairman retires

Robert W. (Bobby) Conner has retired from the board of directors of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative (MEC) where he represented MEC members in Halifax County for 30 years and has held the position of board chairman for the past seven years. 

At the Cooperative’s Annual Meeting of the Members recently, President and CEO John Lee presented a “Resolution of Appreciation and Thanks” to him on behalf of the membership, board of directors, and cooperative staff. 

Lee said, “Bobby has been chairman of the board for the entire time I have served the members of MEC as president and CEO. He has been excellent to work for and has provided valuable strategic guidance to me and the senior management team. He is a gentleman in every way; and while his sense of humor is hard to miss, he knows how and when to get down to business. He will be sorely missed, not only by MEC but by the cooperative family at the Virginia, Maryland and Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC), where he served on the board of directors.” 

Lee added, “We wish Bobby and his wife Lucy all the best; and while he no longer serves on the board, he is still a member of our cooperative, and we’ll continue to count on his leadership in the community.”

Conner leaves his chairman’s position at Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative in good hands. At the board’s organizational meeting, immediately following the Annual Meeting on June 20, David Jones of Bracey was elected by fellow board members to serve as MEC’s next chairman. Jones, who has served on the MEC board for 30 years, speaks of Conner with admiration.  

“The entire board of directors, myself included, have thoroughly enjoyed our association with Bobby through the years,” said Jones.  “He is respected for his sound judgment, wise leadership, and dedication to the cooperative.  He has been an inspiration to us all, and I will strive to follow his example.”

Conner said, “It has been an honor to serve the members of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative for the past 30 years.  I feel privileged that the members placed their trust in me, and I am grateful for the opportunity to have served.  I will truly miss the comradeship of my electric cooperative associates.” 

Conner’s position as director of District 4 has been filled by Larry W. Layman of Clays Mill.  Layman will be representing MEC members in the areas of Whiteville, Crystal Hill, Mount Laurel, Lennig, Providence, Clarkton, Clays Mill and Dudley.

Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative is the not-for-profit consumer-owned energy provider to over 31,000 homes, farms and businesses located in portions of nine counties.  

It is headquartered in Chase City with district offices in Chase City, Emporia and Gretna.