Wagoner’s Elam joins GRDA Board of Directors

Passing the leadership baton … Outgoing Grand River Dam Authority board member Steve Spear (right) shakes hands with Wagoner City Superintendent/Public Works Director Dwayne Elam, following the board’s January 10 meeting in Vinita. Elam is replacing Spears as the board’s municipal customer representative.

Vinita – Dwayne Elam, city superintendent and public works director in the Grand River Dam Authority municipal customer community of Wagoner, is the newest member of the GRDA Board of Directors. Elam replaces outgoing board member and Cushing City Manager Steve Spears, who retired at the end of 2017. Elam will represent GRDA’s municipal customers as the designee of the Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma (MESO). His tenure began at the board’s January 10 meeting, in Vinita.

An Oklahoma native, Elam earned a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Northeastern State University (Tahlequah) and holds four Class A licenses from the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality. He is a member of the National Registry of Professionals, a member of the MESO Board of Directors and a member of the City Manager Association of Oklahoma. As Wagoner Utilities Director in 2010, he guided the city’s efforts in being awarded the “EPA Region 6 Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Award.” Wagoner was the only Oklahoma community to receive this honor.

“We’re excited to have Dwayne Elam join the GRDA Board of Directors,” said GRDA Chief Executive Officer Dan Sullivan. “His knowledge of Oklahoma public power and GRDA is already well-established and we’re confident he will be a great asset for the entire board and a great representative for our municipal customers.”

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. Five-year 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 MESO or by their designees.

Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. Each day, GRDA strives to be an “Oklahoma agency of excellence” by focusing on the 5 E’s: electricity, economic development, environmental stewardship, employees and efficiency.