Davison County cooperative members and their families are invited to attend the District Meeting at the 4-H grounds on the west side of Mitchell at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15. An election will be held to fill the director position left vacant by retiring board member Darwin "Butch" Morrison. Butch has served on the board since 2003.
Eligible Davison County members may vote for 1 of the 5 candidates running for the board position. Printed director candidate biographies will be provided with ballots to eligible members. A free meal is also available for those in attendance.
Here is a preview of the candidate biographies:
Jeff Gustafson of Ethan
Family: Spouse Janet; 5 children
Candidate Summary: Born and raised near Winner, but now live 4 miles from Ethan. I have worked for the S.D. Department of Transportation for 34 years. I’ve worked in Winner and been the Operations Engineer in Mitchell for 24 years. I manage our operations office and 38 staff members.
I am interested in serving on the board because I enjoy working on a team and I like to do strategic planning. I like to listen and serve others. If elected, I would commit to doing my part in helping Central Electric Continue to be a great co-op for all of its members.
Other Experience: I served 12 years on the Ethan School Board and 6 years on the Overseer Board at Northridge Baptist Church. I’ve been a volunteer coach for youth sports in Ethan for several years. Earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from SDSU.
Jon Farris of Mitchell
Family: Spouse Michele; 3 children
Candidate Summary: Originally from Woonsocket. Currently work for BankWest, Inc. in Mitchell as a Special Assets & Lending Program Officer working with troubled debt workout solutions and administering external lending programs. Previously worked for DuPont Pioneer as an account manager in east central South Dakota. Previously worked for the S.D. Department of Agriculture starting in agriculture development and ending as Deputy Secretary.
I am interested in serving on the Central Electric Board because, personally, I feel Central Electric has served the cooperative customers well. I would like to see that level of service continue as we look for new opportunity to grow in the future. We live in a changing environment in our energy supply in this world and we need to be always looking ahead for what can best serve the cooperative members. I have been involved in ag development for the last 25 years and would utilize that experience to help guide the cooperative as we move forward. I also believe in service to the community and having served on other boards and commissions I would bring that experience to this opportunity of service to the cooperative members.
I have always felt it is important to give back to the community in which we live in some manner. This is an opportunity to do that by serving on the Central Electric Board.
Other Experience: Currently serve as Chair of Dakotas America. Also serve on Mitchell United Way and Mitchell Chamber ag committee. Previously served on Dakota Resources, Oahe Hockey Association and worked with numerous ag commodity groups while at SD Department of Agriculture. Earned a Bachelor of Science degree at South Dakota State University. Earned a Master of Business Administration at University of Phoenix.