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Grady EMC now in transition mode

Posted at 2:48 AM, Aug 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-27 22:55:54-04

CAIRO, GA (WALB) - It's been three weeks since Grady Electric Membership Corporation bought out the general managerand named an interim to take the helm.

For the past four years, one group has brought to light all the negative issues they claim has been happening at Grady EMC.

Those accusations also led to the buyout of former General Manager and President Bo Rosser.

But, in these past few weeks, the interim G.M. John Long made some changes and refocused on the company's strengths.

"With as much turmoil that we've been in for the last few years, you know, sometimes you need to be spiritually picked-up," said Long.

Which is something Long has made a priority in the company.

Long said if they put God first and properly take care of the employees, then its members will receive the same level of care.

"Everybody is really young in the company and they have a lot of ideas, and we are putting a lot of things in the field that will be beneficial," said Long.

With the new tools and programs the utility company is using, Long said they are better equipped to serve its members.

"Our guys are dedicated, they care about what they do, they care about their members and they care about their family and the community," explained Long.

Long said a lot of their hard work has been diminished because of a few issues that have taken over the company.

EMC Membership Service Manager Adam Starr said the Take Back Our Grady EMC Facebook page is run by a board director who Starr said makes accusations against EMC.

"We are a big family here, but it does create tension and anxiety and a lot of distraction," Starr said.

According to documents from Bo Rosser's contract buyout, the former general manager and president claimed he was harassed and threatened by the board during his time at EMC, which led to his buyout.

Starr said it's important to know that the board directors are the ones in power and make the decisions.

For now, everyone has their eyes set on October for the meeting that could elect new board directors and a permanent G.M.

"In the months leading up to October, if we do the best we can, if we keep our principals, we keep our goals, we keep our mission in front of us, then that's the best that we can do," Starr explained.

WALB reached out to Board Director Gordon Clyatt and he said he is not commenting on anything at this time.

Long said he wants to maintain the best service they can and Rosser said he is looking forward to the future and wishes everyone at EMC the very best.

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