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Co-op elects Bragdon as president
Steven mullice
Stephen Mullice
“The shoes of men like John Toby Woods and Jack Waters are hard to fill,” said Ronnie Bragdon, new president of Coastal Electric Cooperative, naming his two predecessors.
“But in another way, their leadership has built such a strong organization that I feel comfortable serving as president. We will continue the same direction and the same goals.”
Bragdon was elected president during the board of directors meeting following the recent membership meeting at which the members of the board were voted into office.
Stephen Mullice of Liberty County was chosen vice president and Chris McDermott of Bryan County was elected secretary-treasurer, the job Bragdon held for the past five years.
James Estes, outgoing vice president, presided over the membership meeting in the absence of Waters, who has health problems. Estes had previously said he wanted to give up the vice president’s job. He remains a member of the board of directors, as does Waters.
Bragdon lives at Harris Neck with his wife and their 13-year-old. He is self-employed in utility, water, sewer and residential construction and says he dabbles in real estate.
Bragdon said his goal is to provide customers with good service at economical prices and noted, “We are challenged now on cost. We really work on that”
Bragdon is a member of the board of the Georgia Energy Co-operative, a group of eleven EMCs whose business mission is to provide for long-term power supply needs by procuring future energy resources, managing power supply contracts and planning for future energy needs.
The other members of the Coastal board, who serve staggered terms, are John Woods III of Liberty County, Walter Meeks of Bryan County, and Barbara Davis and Billy Bland of McIntosh County.
Coastal serves electricity customers in roughly 573 square miles in Liberty, Bryan, McIntosh and Long counties. The physical plant includes about 1,165 miles of line in the four counties with headquarters in Midway.
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