November 25, 2020 5:16:53 PM
Bud Tumlinson of West Point, a longtime board member of 4-County Electric Power Association, has retired from his duties as a director for the cooperative. Bruff Sanders will fill Tumlinson's unexpired term.
Tumlinson represented District 3 (Clay and Monroe counties) for 27 years. He and his wife, Bobbie, live in West Point. The longtime director said he will always hold fond memories of the cooperative. "For the past 27 years, I have been honored to serve 4-County Electric Power Association, its membership, its employees and its management. Through the years, the cooperative has done much to improve the quality of life for its members. That will continue with the strong leadership we have here at 4-County. I'm just glad to have played a part in that," Tumlinson said.
Brian Clark, 4-County chief executive officer, said Tumlinson has been a valuable advocate for the cooperative. "Mr. Bud will be missed by all of us who worked with him. He believed in the cooperative business model. He was passionate in his support of this organization in its efforts to achieve system reliability, the lowest electric rates feasible, and member satisfaction," Clark said. "We appreciate the time and effort he invested over many years, to help 4-County grow as a service organization. During his years of service on the board, the co-op has had to navigate its way through the many challenges and changes the electric industry has encountered. He has always represented the membership well, while striving to balance the business needs of the cooperative," she added.
4-County's Board of Directors presented Tumlinson with a framed resolution of appreciation. Sanders, a longtime banking professional in the Golden Triangle, is the executive vice president for Bank of Commerce in Columbus. Sanders and his wife, Melanie, live in West Point. Sanders is a graduate of Mississippi State University, with a bachelor's degree in physics and chemistry and a master's degree in physics. He is active in his community, serving as a GTR Link Executive Board member, as a Growth Alliance Board member, as an East Mississippi Community College Foundation Board member and is a director of the West Point Rotary Club.
"We're excited to have Bruff join the 4-County Board of Directors. He is an excellent servant within his community and he will bring the same commitment to the Association," Clark said.
In 2021, 4-County Board Districts 2, 3 and 6 are up for election.
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