The Grady Electric Membership Corporation board will be appointing a third new director in as many months following the resignation this week of District 3 director Hestell Donaldson.
Donaldson’s resignation was effective Monday and personal reasons were cited for his leaving.
Donaldson was elected to the EMC board in 2017, defeating longtime director Lamar Carlton, who had served on the board for over 39 years.
Donaldson, a native of Cairo and a 1962 graduate of Cairo High School, is a resident of Thomas County and is a veteran of the US. Air Force. He is retired from Lockheed-Martin Corporation.
Grady EMC Chairman of the Board Eric Cohen expressed the board’s appreciation for Donaldson’s service. According to Cohen, a replacement will be appointed in accordance with the co-op’s bylaws.
This is the second resignation from the board this year. Donaldson challenged in court the actions of the previous board to amend the bylaws claiming members allegedly did so in order for former director Earl Stuckey to be qualified as a director. The court ruled against the EMC, and Stuckey resigned earlier this year.
Stuckey has been replaced by Sammy Perkins of Whigham.
Last September, the Grady EMC board, then lead by former chairman Stuckey, removed former director Gordon Clyatt from the board after he requested the electric service at his principle residence be put in the name of his wife.
Clyatt was subsequently replaced by James Hammett. Clyatt has filed legal action challenging his removal.
The only directors remaining to have been elected by the membership are District 1 director Cohen, District 2 director Ronald Sellars, District 4 director Terry Hurst, and District 7 director Greg Brouillet. Cohen, Hurst and Brouillet were elected last October and Sellars was elected in 2016.