Grady EMC announces president's resignation

Mediation meeting held in wake of Grady EMC protest
Grady EMC
Mediation meeting held in wake of Grady EMC protest
Posted at 3:45 PM, Aug 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-13 11:58:54-04

GRADY COUNTY, Ga. (WTXL) - Grady County Electric Membership Corporation President Bo Rosser has resigned.

Grady EMC announced Monday that Thomas (Bo) Rosser Jr. has resigned. He has served as the Grady EMC President/CEO since 2014. 

On Aug. 10, officials say Grady EMC and Rosser reached an agreement that headed off a potential lawsuit and resolved all potential claims.

The Board of Directors unanimously voted to make the Grady EMC operations manager John Long, the interim CEO. A search for Rosser’s replacement will take place after the October election.

Rosser's resignation comes after days of protesting from customers and employees who were pushing for Rosser to be fired and for the EMC to be transparent.

Grady EMC is a consumer-owned cooperative that provides electricity and other related services to more than 13,000 consumers, primarily in Decatur, Grady and Thomas counties.

GRADY COUNTY, Ga. (WTXL) - Corruption and mismanagement are allegations that customers and members of the Grady County Electric Membership Corporation say have been happening for years.

Mediation talks began on Friday between attorneys for those members and EMC President Bo Rosser.

Our cameras and members of the public were locked out of the public building at Southern Regional Technical College in Bainbridge where the meeting happened.

We're told the EMC rented out the entire facility to keep Friday's mediation over contract buyouts private.

Several member-owners protested outside, pushing for Rosser to be fired, and for the EMC to be transparent.

"One of the positions that Take Back has is term limits for the directors," said Edward Demartini.

Rosser wasn't available for comment, but in an email, he says he is expecting that Friday's meeting will address complaints filed against a board director.

Mediator Mark Dehler said he isn't responding to comments at this time, but says his job is to help both parties reach reasonable agreements.