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From the Manager


Adam McKnight
Member Services Manager

There have been a lot of changes taking place at Clay Electric Co-operative recently. I am one of them. My name is Adam McKnight, and I am your member services manager. I’ve been working with Doug Hockman since August and, with his retirement this month, will be fully taking on his responsibilities. We wish him well in his retirement and I hope that I can bring the same level of exemplary service to you. I will be using this column to keep you all informed of the workings and projects of your electric cooperative.

I’m not the only change in management happening at Clay Electric. Our former CEO, Ed VanHoose, has taken a new position, and the board of directors has appointed Luke Johnson as our interim CEO. Luke has served as your operations manager for the last several years. He has a passion for this community, and there is no one more familiar with the inner workings of Clay Electric’s operations. He will continue in this role until a permanent solution has been found.

We are happy to announce the winners of our Christmas Coloring Contest. We had our employees vote on their favorites and they can be found on Page 13. We would like to congratulate our winners: Sadie Stortzum, Amity Zuber, Kayla McGuire and Jude Nosek. We love having all the entries brightening up our offices. Thanks to all our participants.

Solar installations continue to be a topic that comes up around the office and in my conversations with members. With different laws and subsidies in flux at the state level, there are lots of questions floating around. We encourage any of our members interested in a solar build, or information on ways to improve their home’s efficiency to lower cost, to contact us before starting any building project. With so many moving parts, it’s always best to make sure you understand the full impact and potential pitfalls of any major construction project.

In my short time working at Clay Electric Co-operative, I can say without hesitation that the employees at Clay are the best kind of people. A crew of volunteers from Clay Electric took the long drive, for a second time, to North Carolina and Florida to help our sister cooperatives on the coast after Hurricane Michael.