About Salem Electric

About Us

About Us

Who we are, how we operate, and our commitment to cooperative principles.

Founded in 1938, Salem Electric is a not-for-profit electric cooperative. Unlike investor-owned utilities, electric cooperatives provide electricity to their consumer-members at cost. Reliable, renewable, electricity is distributed to members throughout our 17.5 square mile service territory.


Community Focused

Salem Electric is committed to the communities we serve by providing scholarships, member assistance, donations, and electrical safety education. SE employees are members of your community who volunteer hundreds of hours annually to local organizations.


Five goals guide our business decisions.

SE’s Goals

  • Reliable Service
  • Good Customer Relations
  • Good Employee Relations
  • Financial Integrity
  • Low Rates 

Cooperative Principles

All cooperative businesses adhere to seven guiding principles.

7 Cooperative Principles

  • Open and Voluntary Membership
  • Democratic Member Control
  • Members' Economic Participation
  • Autonomy and Independence
  • Education, Training, and Information
  • Cooperation Among Cooperatives
  • Concern for Community
Business Operations
Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

Salem Electric is an equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis, including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability or sexual preference.

Salem Electric has no job openings at this time.



Reasons to Consider an Electric Cooperative Career

  • A Paycheck with a Purpose—An electric co-op is a different kind of business. We’re built and led by the members we serve. We provide affordable, reliable energy that is critical to our community. 
  • We’re Local—We serve our neighbors, family, and friends. Our members have a voice in how the co-op is run, and we make sustainable investments in the community we share. We support local businesses and organizations, and create jobs and economic activity here at home. 
  • We’re Looking Ahead—Advances in energy technologies and opportunities will change the way we use electricity. When you work at an electric cooperative, you are part of a team that creates innovative, sustainable energy solutions for the people in our community. 
  • We Put People First—We respect diversity and transparency–it makes us stronger. We hold ourselves to the highest standards of professionalism and integrity, while maintaining a friendly work environment. 
  • We’re Part of a Movement—When you work at Salem Electric, you’re part of something bigger: Our co-op requires a variety of skill sets across all education levels. And while we’re focused on our local community, you’ll join and collaborate with a national network of nearly 900 cooperatives in 48 states. 
  • We’re Invested in You—We support your professional growth, development, and success with internal and external training opportunities. Co-op employees deliver a valuable service to our communities, and they’re rewarded for that dedication with competitive pay, health insurance, and retirement benefits.

Service Territory

Salem Electric has a defined service territory shown in gray and located within the boundary line on the map below. To start service or determine if a specific address is served by Salem Electric, please contact our office during business hours at 503-362-3601.

Board of Directors

Meet Your Board of Directors 

Salem Electric board members support the work of the general manager and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. Directors are elected by the membership and serve three-year terms. Contact Us

Board meetings are held monthly and members are welcome to attend. Dates of upcoming board meetings are posted on our Meetings, Events, and Closures page, and both the Board Meeting Summaries and Minutes of Board Meetings are available for view.

Dave Bauer
Dave Bauer
  • Dave retired from his family business, R. Bauer Insurance. He has been a Keizer resident and Salem Electric member since 2001.
  • Board member since 2014
  • Current term 2020–2023
  • Position 6
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Joe Van Meter
  • Joe retired after 37 years in juvenile corrections and is currently working at recreational fishing and home property maintenance. He lives in Keizer and has been a Salem Electric member since 1972.
  • Board member since  2004
  • Current term 2021–2024
  • Position 2
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Jerry Berger
  • Jerry retired as the President of Chemeketa Community College after working in the education field since 1962. He lives in West Salem and has been a Salem Electric member since 1972.
  • Board member since 2002
  • Current term 2019–2022
  • Position 3
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Jeff Anderson
  • Jeff is retired from the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 555. He has been a Keizer resident and Salem Electric member since 1978.
  • Board member since 1985
  • Current term 2021–2024
  • Position 1
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Jan Bargen
  • Jan retired from the Federal Electric Regulatory Commission. She lives in West Salem and has been a Salem Electric member since 2011.
  • Board member since 2019
  • Current term 2019-2022
  • Position 4
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Cindy Condon
  • Cindy retired from her position as president of Pacific Pride Services, LLC. She lives in West Salem and has been a Salem Electric member since 1987.
  • Board member since 2017
  • Current term 2020–2023
  • Position 5
Angie Onyewuchi
Angie Onyewuchi
  • Angie is the CEO of Travel Salem. She lives in West Salem and has been a Salem Electric member since 2014.
  • Board member since 2020
  • Current term 2020–2023
  • Position 7

Meet the Management Team

We’re here for you. Salem Electric's management team has over 84 years of dedicated experience working for Salem Electric. We love our co-op and we hope you do too. 

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Tony Schacher
General Manager
Jacob Knudsen
Jacob Knudsen
Member Services Manager
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Chris Krieck
Administrative Services Manager
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JB Phillips
Engineering & Operations Manager
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Michael Richman
Information Technology Manager
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Michele Adkins
Executive Coordinator