Reed Point resident Ralph has been appointed to the board of trustees for Beartooth Electric Cooperative filling the vacant District 7 seat. Lewis was selected following candidate interviews and began serving at the January 29, 2019, board meeting. He replaces David Peterson who retired in October 2018. Beartooth bylaws require the board to appoint a replacement for a vacant trustee position. Members will vote on the individual to fill the remaining year of the term at the cooperative’s annual member meeting in May. The appointee and other eligible candidates may run in that election.
“The board is very happy to announce that Ralph Lewis will represent BEC’s member-owners in District 7 (Columbus, Rapelje and Reed Point area),” said board president Julie Lindgren. “Ralph brings an extensive knowledge of the cooperative business model and a strong interest in serving the member-owners in District 7 and across all of BEC’s Districts.”
Lewis brings over 15 years of experience in cooperative management. He is a 30 year resident of Reed Point, and is the father of four. Daughter Elisha and sons Rory and Ryan of Reed Point, and son Ross of Dickinson, North Dakota. Ralph’s contact information is available on the BEC website under the Board tab.
The Board thanks Peterson who served as the District 7 Trustee for the last seven years and wishes him the best in his retirement. He served Beartooth Electric Cooperative and its members with unwavering dedication and tremendous effort. Peterson was pivotal as a trustee during Beartooth’s transition to its current path.