Grady EMC president bought out of contract

Grady EMC president bought out of contract
Grady EMC president bought out of contract
Posted at 6:15 AM, Aug 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-22 02:22:05-04

CAIRO, GA (WALB) - After years of protests and complaints, the president of a utility company in Grady County is no longer employed there.

A group called Take Back our Grady EMC has been very vocal about issues it claims have tarnished the Grady Electric Membership Corporation for years.  

Just weeks ago, there was a special called meeting to discuss contract negotiations. The outcome, the now former president Bo Rosser was bought out for nearly $400,000.

"The amount that Rosser came out with was an extravagant amount. Ronald Sellars and Hestell Donaldson and myself told him right up front we're not voting for anything except we will pay him until the end of December," said Board Director Gordon Clyatt.

Eventually, they all agreed that Rosser would be paid according to his contract. 

Take Back our Grady EMC protested at that meeting and many other board meetings in efforts to bring attention to issues they saw within the company such as mismanagement and fiscal irresponsibility. 

"Everyone that's running, we want complete transparency. If a member walks in and wants a document, they can get it. If a member wants to come to a board meeting, you can come and stay the whole meeting and do whatever you want and we have started live streaming," explained Clyatt.

Which was something that started while Rosser was still president.

Previously, Rosser said it appeared miscommunication was a major issue. Such as members believing they were charged $15 a month just to have a meter, but he said it's to ensure that if any damages were caused to the line, they'd be able to fix it.

It's now been 11 days since Rosser was bought out.

"It means nothing, Grady EMC is still being run the same as it was," said Clyatt.

John Long, who was the operations manager for EMC is now the interim general manager until an October meeting to vote for board directors and a permanent GM.

Though Rosser is no longer employed by EMC, Clyatt said there is still a lot of work ahead to make this a transparent and honest company. 

WALB also reached out to Rosser about his termination but have yet to hear back.

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