By Larry Landaker, Editor and Publisher, PECTruthwatch.
Update and Correction 4:51pm December 4, 2016:
This post is effectively updated with a correction and revised headline. The entire board is not meeting on December 7, 2016. Rather, it is the special three-member “Compliance” committee that will meet to consider the complaints against Director Oakley. This committee is comprised of President Pataki, Director Graf and Director Scanlon. It is PECTruthwatch’s understanding that members will be permitted to speak. The committee is then expected to deliberate in executive session. The Board’s deadline for the committee to report back is December 9, 2016.
This is the second meeting within a week involving directors to consider the controversy surrounding recent public Facebook remarks made by PEC Director James Oakley. The last meeting was on November 30. In that meeting which lasted approximately two hours, board members listened as Mr. Oakley was given an opportunity to make comments. Then, a full, emotion-filled house of members and employees of PEC spoke. Finally, the board retreated to executive session, after which the Pedernales Electric Cooperative issued the following statement:
PEC has received and considered the complaint regarding Director Oakley’s social media comment.
A committee of board members has been formed to consider all allowable actions, per the cooperative’s bylaws.
PEC does not condone any type of offensive language. Consistent with our cooperative values, we proudly welcome and serve all members.