Vinita – Greg Grodhaus (Grove) will serve as the new chairman of the Grand River Dam Authority Board of Directors. Grodhaus takes over the spot from outgoing Chairman Steve Spears (Cushing). The change in leadership occurred during the GRDA Board’s September 12 meeting in Vinita. Also during that meeting, Chris Meyers (Edmond) was named chair-elect.
“We are grateful for the leadership of Steve Spears at GRDA,” said GRDA Chief Executive Officer Dan Sullivan, about the outgoing chairman. “He is a strong voice for our municipal partners in the governance of GRDA and remains a very important member of our board of directors.”
“During the last year, Chairman Grodhaus has led the effort to start several initiatives that have brought improvement to GRDA,” said Sullivan. “We all look forward to this next year and his leadership efforts of continuous improvement for our operations.”
Meyers, the board’s electric cooperative representative, is also the general manager of the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives (OAEC). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma. He is a registered professional engineer in Oklahoma and has worked in the electric utility industry for nearly 30 years.
Also during the meeting, Chairman Grodhaus announced that two directors – Dewey Bartlett (Tulsa) and David Chernicky (Tulsa) have resigned their positions on the board. Bartlett served as an at-large representative in a board position appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma State Senate. Chernicky served as the board’s industrial customer representative in a board position appointed by the Oklahoma Governor.
“Mr. Bartlett and Mr. Chernicky have provided valuable service and leadership to GRDA for a number of years,” said Grodhaus. However, he said that both Bartlett (also the Mayor of Tulsa) and Chernicky (a geologist and oil/gas executive) have important job commitments that make it difficult for them to continue their board service.
GRDA is governed by a seven-member board of directors comprised of representatives from each GRDA customer class (municipals, electric cooperatives and industrials) as well as the GRDA lakes area. Two at-large representatives also sit on the board. Appointments are made by the Oklahoma Governor (3), Speaker of the Oklahoma State House of Representatives and President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma State Senate. Two other board positions are ex-officio positions, filled by the general manager of the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives (OAEC) and executive director of the Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma (MESO) or by their designees.
Board members serve staggered, seven-year terms, with one position opening each year, to ensure continuity. Customer representation on the Board is characteristic of GRDA’s status as a customer-owned, customer-controlled public power entity. Board meetings are on the second Wednesday of each month and open to the public. Prior to the meetings, agendas are posted on this page.
Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. Directly or indirectly, GRDA’s low-cost, reliable; electricity serves nearly 500,000 homes in Oklahoma and stretches into 75 of 77 counties in the state. At no cost to Oklahoma taxpayers, GRDA also manages 70,000 surface acres of lakes in the state, including Grand Lake, Lake Hudson and the W.R. Holway Reservoir. Today, GRDA’s 500 employees continue to produce the same “power for progress” that has benefited the state for 75 years.