About the Board
Crawford Electric Cooperative is guided by a nine-member board of directors composed of co-op members. The board meets monthly to set policy and develop long-range goals, always safeguarding the interests of co-op members. Board members are expected to become knowledgeable about the electric cooperative industry. Attendance at committee meetings or other events to benefit the cooperative may be required.
Three three-year terms on the board need to be filled at each year's annual meeting. One director from each of the co-op's three geographical districts is elected each year. This is typically held in mid-September. The 2023 annual meeting will be held on Sept. 13.
All candidates for the board must be nominated by petitions signed by at least 15 co-op members. The candidate petitions must be delivered to the co-op office during the petition period, as defined by the cooperative's bylaws and announced in the member newsletter in advance of each annual meeting. The petition period typically starts in May and ends in July. The 2023 petition period is May 10-July 12.
Contact the board of directors at email@example.com.
Board of Directors
* Denotes three-year term up for election in September 2023
District 1 Directors
Justin "Bink" Blankenship
Justin "Bink" Blankenship
Hawthorne Lane, Sullivan
Bink was first elected to the Crawford Electric board of directors during a three-candidate race in 2014 to fill a vacant one-year position. He was elected to his first three-year term in 2015 and has won re-election since then. He has completed the Credentialed Cooperative Director certificate from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Bink is a businessman from Sullivan.
Dogwood Blossom Drive, Sullivan
Janet is a Sullivan-area native and self-employed CPA. In 2022, members selected her from among three candidates for her first three-year term. Janet holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri and a master’s from UMSL.
Springbluff Road, Sullivan
Janice holds the distinction of being the first woman elected to the Crawford Electric Cooperative board of directors. In 2000, she won election to a two-year term to fill a vacant position. She then was re-elected to her first three-year term in 2002. Janice has achieved the Director Gold credential from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. She also holds NRECA’s Board Leadership certificate and the Credentialed Cooperative Director certificate. Janice currently serves on the board’s executive committee as secretary, a responsibility she’s held since 2010.
District 2 Directors
Highway J, Bourbon
Doug was first elected to the board in 2003, and he has completed the courses required to earn the Credentialed Cooperative Director certificate from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. In 2020, Doug retired from a 42-year career with the U.S. Postal Service, where he had served as postmaster of Bourbon, Cuba and Sullivan. The Murphy family homesteaded in the area in 1840, and Doug continues to raise Angus cattle.
Highway 185, Bourbon
Jim is a local business owner and lifelong resident of Franklin County. He was first elected to a three-year term in 2019. He has completed the coursework required to receive the Credentialed Cooperative Director certificate, which is sponsored by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.
Highway H, Sullivan
Debbie is the board vice president and has served as a director since 2005. For many years, she and her husband owned and operated Willette Truck Service in Sullivan. Debbie has attended training to achieve the Director Gold credential, the Board Leadership certificate and the Credentialed Cooperative Director certificate from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. From 2008-2021, Debbie served as Crawford Electric’s representative to the board of directors of the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives, the Jefferson City-based service organization for the state’s electric co-ops. She currently also serves on the Franklin County Planning and Zoning Commission and previously served as president of the Strain-Japan R16 school board.
District 3 Directors
Cherryville Road, Cherryville
Jim, a self-employed businessman and a lifelong resident of Crawford County, was appointed in 1985 to fill a vacancy on the board. He was elected to his first three-year term in 1988 and has won re-election ever since. Fellow board members have chosen Jim to serve as their president for more than 25 years. He holds the Credentialed Cooperative Director certificate from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Since 2005, Jim has served on the board of directors of Sho-Me Power Electric Cooperative, our power supplier.
Mullen Road, Steelville
Gary has been a District 3 director since 2010 and has served as treasurer of the board since 2012. He and his wife own and operate a family farm east of Steelville on the Huzzah Creek. In his years on the board, Gary has achieved Director Gold status, the highest credential from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. NRECA’s Credentialed Cooperative Director certificate and the Board Leadership certificate.
Highway DD, Cuba
Joe was first elected to the board in 2016 to fill a vacant one-year position. He then won his first three-year term the following year. Joe has earned Director Gold status from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. He also holds NRECA’s Credentialed Cooperative Director certificate and the Board Leadership certificate. Since 2022, Joe has served as Crawford Electric’s representative to the board of directors of the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives, the Jefferson City-based service organization for the state’s electric co-ops. Joe retired after a 35-year career with the city of Cuba. He currently holds an active real estate license.