About Choptank Electric Cooperative
Choptank Electric Cooperative serves more than 46,000 members and over 55,000 meters in Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The Cooperative was incorporated on Sept. 15, 1938.
Choptank Electric, a not-for-profit organization, exists to provide reliable and cost-effective electricity that improves the quality of life for our member-owners. We are committed to service-excellence guided by the Seven Cooperative Principles.
Since the Cooperative is owned by its members, has a vote in choosing who will serve on the Board of Directors. A Director must be a Co-op member to serve on the board. This democratic accountability measure ensures the responsible management of the Co-op, including keeping rates affordable and the efficient use of resources.
The 7 Cooperative Principles
- Voluntary and Open Membership
- Democratic Member Control
- Members' Economic Participation
- Autonomy and Independence
- Education, Trainings, and Information
- Cooperation Among Cooperatives
- Concern for Community
Board of Directors
Jeffrey Rathell Sr. | Chairman of The Board & Talbot County Director
Top row, left to right: John Burke Jr., Vice Chairman | Cecil County — Douglas Scott, Treasurer | Dorchester County — Robert Arnold, Secretary | Queen Anne's County.
Middle row, left to right:— Amy Brandt, Caroline County — Olin Davis, Kent County — Matthew Holloway, Wicomico County.
Bottom row: Craig Mathies Sr., Somerset County — Robert Thompson, Ocean Pines District —Donna Richardson West, Worcester County.
Mike E. Malandro | President and Chief Executive Officer
Top row, left to right: Paula Bishop, VP of Human Resources — Valerie Connelly, VP of Government Affairs and Public Relations— Lisa DeSantis, VP & Chief Financial Officer— Lance Lockerman, VP of Operations.
Bottom row, left to right: Tim McGaha, VP of Technical Services — Leroy Sverduk, VP of Engineering — Thomas Tyndall III, VP of Member Services — Sarah Dahl, General Counsel.
Any person, firm, association, corporation or body politic, or subdivision thereof, will become a member of Choptank Electric Cooperative, Inc., upon receipt of distribution service and/or electric energy from the Cooperative, provided that the person has at the time of requesting service, made appropriate bill payment arrangements and provided such other information as the Cooperative may reasonably request or require in that regard.
In becoming a member, a person or entity agrees to comply with and be bound by the articles of incorporation, bylaws of the Cooperative, tariffs, terms and conditions, and any policies, rules, and regulations adopted by the Board of Directors.
Vote For Your Board of Directors
Ballots are sent by mail or by e-mail to members of the Cooperative prior to the annual meeting to elect members to the Board of Directors and for changes to Cooperative bylaws. Each member may vote by mail, by electronic ballot via e-mail, or at the annual meeting. Additional information regarding the election of directors may be found at www.choptankelectric.coop.
The Annual Meeting
The Cooperative’s 2021 annual meeting will be held on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at the Regional Service Center, located at 6520 Walston Switch Road, Salisbury, MD, with doors opening at 4:30 p.m. A member of the Co-op who is a resident of one of the following Director Districts will be elected to the Board of Directors: Dorchester, Kent, and Queen Anne's.
Members share in any Co-op operating margins or profit. The member's share is called a “capital credit.”
Each year the applicable portion of the margins earned is credited to a special account for each member. For example, if margins are 4 percent of total revenue, each member-owner is allocated $4 for every $100 paid for electric service. The money is held for a period of time as part of the Cooperative’s equity and is utilized to help build and improve the Cooperative’s system.
The Board of Directors determine annually whether capital credits will be retired and refunds paid out. This decision is based on the financial performance of the Cooperative and the requirements of the mortgages held by the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation. Current and former members have no absolute right to the dollars allocated to their capital credit account until an authorization for payment is made. The Board will determine the amount and method of capital credits payments.
The Board of Directors has made it a policy to early retire capital credits to the estates of deceased members on a discounted basis and to make a general payment if the Cooperative’s financial position allows.
Choptank’s Operation Round Up® is a way to enable our members to raise money for local charities, needy families, and service organizations. Members are automatically enrolled in this program which "rounds up" their bill to the nearest dollar. All funds go to the Choptank Electric Trust, a non-profit corporation. Over $4 million has been awarded to date. Any member who does not wish to participate or chooses to discontinue contributions should contact the Member Service Center at 1-877-892-0001.
Donations are tax deductible and members receive a summary of contributions in their January and February bills. All monies collected are given to approved, worthy projects located in the nine counties of Maryland's Eastern Shore. Applications are available by calling the Co-op or can be downloaded at www.choptankelectric.coop.