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Grady Electric Membership Co-op customers and workers protest costs

Posted at 8:07 AM, Aug 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-01 04:11:25-04

(WTXL) - Customers and employees plan to protest the rising cost of electricity in Grady County.

Some of those members are now sharing claims of corruption and nepotism.

WTXL ABC's Jada Williams discussed their concerns this Wednesday morning, some of which include their push for a complete overhaul of power.

The people staging the protests say they have a laundry list of reasons to be upset, but it all boils down to what they see as corruption in the corporation that has been going on for generations.

Some of the things those members are asking for include the general manager's resignation and changes to the increased rates, and to see better usage of the money.

Concerned members formed the group Take Back Grady EMC four years ago in hopes of enacting change.

The Take Back Grady EMC group was even formed by one of the Electric Membership Corporation's own directors.

"Is the journey got better? No, ma'am," said Gordon Clyett, a Grady EMC director. It won't get better until we have control of the board and that's Take Back Grady EMC. When that happens, my mission will be over with. We need a more diverse board."

Three board members seats will be voted on in October.

They'll be meeting with an attorney to file another lawsuit against the EMC before that date.

The group is meeting to protest Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Grady EMC parking lot.