UEC News

District 1 Board of Director Candidates – April 10, 2013

Pursuant to Article II of the bylaws, Umatilla Electric’s service area is divided into seven districts. The members of each district elect a director to represent them for a three-year term. Elections are being held this year for Districts 1 & 2. Results will be announced at the UEC Annual Meeting on April 20, 2013.

District 1 – Boardman District – South of the Columbia River, East of Tower Road to Bombing Range Road. District 1 is currently served by Lee Docken.

Lee Docken has been a resident of Boardman since 1970. He and his wife, Pam, have been active in community affairs as members of the Boardman Chamber of Commerce, the Kiwanis Club of Boardman and the Elks. Lee served for a number of years as chairman of the Boardman Planning Commission.

Owning and operating Mountain Valley Land Company Realtors, Lee has kept actively involved in development of the local area, which keeps him in constant contact with members’ needs and the Umatilla Electric field crews and office staff.

Docken currently represents District 1 as Vice President of the Board of Directors for Umatilla Electric Cooperative. 

Lee has achieved the Credentialed Cooperative Director Program certification and attends the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Director Training Courses for Rural Electric Systems.

“The challenge facing the cooperative today is to supply reliable service at the lowest rates possible,” he said. “I feel this can be accomplished by our continued involvement in fish, water supply, transmission and political issues. I would appreciate the opportunity to further serve the members of District 1 by receiving your vote.”

Email: leed@eotnet.net;
Day phone: 541 481-6251;
Cell: 541 571-0062.

Thad Killingbeck, a retired educator of 32 years for the Morrow County School District, spent 24 years as a science teacher and eight years as a school administrator. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Eastern Oregon University. 

Once he decided to become a school administrator, he received his Basic Administration Certificate in 1999 and his Continued Administration Certificate in 2003 from Lewis and Clark College.

Killingbeck feels with his background in science and school administration, “It would be an excellent opportunity to give time to an important community service.”

 “The face of energy is changing in our state. Being a member of the UEC Board would give me a great opportunity to participate in the decisions these changes will bring to our area. I believe that my experience as a Morrow County School Board member would be an asset to this board.

“Over the last four years I have gained experience in the development of budgets and the decision making that being part of the board requires. As chairman for the last two years, I have had the chance to develop leadership skills that would help me be a positive member of this board. 

“As a former science teacher, I have an interest in the workings of the huge task of providing energy to the customers of UEC. I would ask that you give me the chance to serve as a member of this board.”

Julie Gisi arrived at Boardman in 1992 when her husband Paul was stationed at the nearby Navy bombing range. Gisi has been with the Bank of Eastern Oregon since its entry into north Morrow County in 1998 and has been branch manager since 2003.

She has been an active member of the Boardman Chamber of Commerce and the Boardman Community Development Association. 

Keeping our power resources affordable is important to attracting new businesses and helping our community grow and prosper, she said. As a not-for-profit power company owned by its members, Umatilla Electric is in a unique position of directly assisting the community, she said.