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March brought several important changes to Delaware Electric Cooperative’s Board of Directors. Longtime director William Wells announced his retirement from the board after nearly 50 years of serving members. 

Wells served as chair of DEC’s board for decades and oversaw many positive changes. During his time on the board, the Co-op grew at a rapid pace, while offering some of the lowest electric rates in the region and achieving record reliability. Working as a dairy farmer west of Felton, Wells understood the value of hard work and the benefits of not-for-profit power for rural Delawareans. Wells represented District 3, and our entire DEC family thanks him for his 48 years of service and wishes him a happy retirement! Current At-Large 2 board member Hunter Emory will take Mr. Well’s place as District 3 Director. 

DEC is also announcing the appointment of Mark Abbott as District 5 Director. Abbott takes the place of Director Bruce A. Henry who passed away last year. Abbott retired after teaching in public schools for 30 years. He resides in Georgetown, where he graduated from Sussex Central High School, and is an alumnus of both Messiah University and Delaware State University. Abbott has served the Woodbridge and Sussex Technical School Districts where he taught Special Education, Psychology, Personal Finance, and Driver Education. Additionally, Abbott taught as an adjunct instructor for Delaware Technical Community College in the Developmental Department. He is also a former assistant scoutmaster with Boy Scout Troop 95 in Georgetown. Abbott and his wife, Melissa, have two children, Caleb and Nathanial. 

Emory and Abbott will both stand for election during our summer board election. More information about the election will be published in our May newsletter.

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