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, heating assistance, donations, and electrical safety education. SE employees are members of your community who volunteer hundreds of hours annually to local organizations.
 

Goals

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.

 

Map

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

All regular board meetings are held at Salem Electric at 6:00 p.m. 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.

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Jeff Anderson
President
  • Jeff is the secretary/treasurer for 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 2018–2021
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Dave Bauer
Vice-President
  • Dave is co-owner of his family business, R. Bauer Insurance. He has been a Keizer resident and Salem Electric member since 2001.
  • Board member since 2014
  • Current term 2017–2020
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Joe Van Meter
Secretary/Treasurer
  • Joe retired from the Oregon Youth Authority and is currently a training consultant. He lives in Keizer and has been a Salem Electric member since 1972.
  • Board member since  2004
  • Current term 2018–2021
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Jan Bargen
Director

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
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Jerry Berger
Director
  • 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
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Alicia Bonesteele
Director
  • Alicia is a retired educator and homemaker and lives in West Salem. She has been a Salem Electric member since 1949.
  • Board member since 1987
  • Current term 2017–2020
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Cindy Condon
Director
  • Cindy retired from Pacific Pride Services. She lives in West Salem and has been a Salem Electric member since 1987.
  • Board member since 2017
  • Current term 2017–2020
Management

Management

We’re here for you. Salem Electric's management team has over 127 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
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Britni Davidson
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
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Cindy Lenker
Executive Assistant