Long-time director Carl Morton (pictured above, right) has retired from the HomeWorks Tri-County Electric Cooperative board, as of Sept. 1.

Morton has represented District 3 (most of Clinton County) since 1978, when he was first elected by neighbors as part of the “Eagle Uprising,” at a time when the co-op’s electric reliability was poor and its rates comparatively high. He then led board-driven efforts to improve the co-op’s service and value, which continue to this day.

In 1985 he was elected board chairman, and in 1987 his fellow directors made him one of the co-op’s two representatives on the Wolverine Power Cooperative board, where he served 20 years, with eight as chairman. He also served on the Michigan Electric Cooperative Association board, and on the resolutions committee of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

To fill the remainder of his term, which expires in 2015, a search and selection committee sent a letter to all District 3 members listing the qualifications and seeking applications for an interim director. Besides Morton, committee members include HomeWorks board chairman Ed Oplinger, vice-chairman Wayne Swiler, and the district’s officers – chairman Jim Kus, vice-chairman Floyd Messer, and secretary Helen Goodknecht.