Thursday, April 8, 2010

Marquez Resigns SEC Trustee Post

By John Severance

SOCORRO -- Manny Marquez, who has been on the Socorro Electric Cooperative Board for 28 years, has resigned his position effective April 1.
Marquez said he submitted his resignation “three or four weeks ago” and that he resigned for personal reasons.

“It’s something I had to do and I rather not talk about it,” Marquez told the Mountain Mail on Tuesday. “Something came up and I figured I better get off the board. That’s about it.”
Marquez said when he initially submitted his resignation his fellow board members tried to talk him out of it.
Marquez also was the SEC's representative to the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. He also was the chairman of the wage and annual meeting committees and served on the safety, and by-law committees.
According to the SEC bylaws, the Board of Trustees shall hold a special district meeting within 90 days for that district to elect a trustee to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the term so long as the remainder of the term is at least one year.
Marquez has more than two years remaining in his term.
On April 17, the co-op will hold its annual membership meeting at 7 p.m. at the Finley Gym. One of the items on the ballot is the number of trustees that will run the co-op. Members will have four choices. They can keep the status quo of 11, they can choose a member-sponsored resolution of five or they can choose board-sponsored resolutions of seven or nine.
Marquez represented District III and was one of six trustees that represent Socorro.
For years, Marquez and George Funkhouser were on KMXQ, calling Socorro football and basketball games. But the radio station was sold from Lake Shore Media in Chicago to Cochise Media Licenses in Jackson, Wyo.
The station has been off the air since 1:38 p.m. on March 26.
Marquez said he has not heard about when the station might return to the airwaves.
“They sold it,” Marquez said. “I’m not sure what is going on.”

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