Board Candidate Bios 2020

Democracy in Action – Meet your candidates for the Board of Directors

Starting May 1 you will be able to watch videos of each board candidate providing their usual remarks given during the annual meeting by returning to this page. You can also hear recordings of these speeches by calling 800-781-0157 and following the prompts.

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Information written and provided by the candidates

District 1

Vernon C. Dougan – Stover

Vernon Dougan is a candidate for District 1 of the Co-Mo board of directors. As a retired Captain with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, he understands the importance of public service and sees serving on the board as a way to continue serving the public into his retirement. He sees Co-Mo as a very important part of the community it serves and feels as a member of the board he would be able to help Co-Mo continue to improve the services and products it provides.

Vernon attended grade school in Otterville, Missouri, Junior High and High School in Sedalia, Missouri at Sedalia Junior High and Smith Cotton respectively. Upon graduation from high school Vernon entered the U.S. Army where he was trained as an Electronic Technician. When he completed training, he was assigned to Washington D.C. joining a joint service unit called the White House Communications Agency serving under Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. After seven years in the Army, Vernon was honorably discharged and worked for E-Systems as an Electronic Technician providing technical support to a division of the Central Intelligence Agency. After the death of his wife, he and his son returned to Missouri and Vernon became a member of the Patrol’s 62nd recruit class. Vernon worked his way up through the ranks with assignments in Pettis, Clay and Jackson Counties before being promoted to Lieutenant and being assigned to Troop F in Jefferson City. While at Troop F, he supervised troopers and civilians and oversaw the Troop F SWAT team. Vernon was then assigned as Assistant Director and then Director of the Patrol’s Information and Communications Technology Division and ended his 28-year career with the Patrol as the Director of the Communications (radio) Division. He retired from the Patrol August 1, 2018.

Vernon has an Associate in Science degree in Criminal Justice from the Mineral Area College and is a graduate of the Northwestern University of Public Safety’s School of Police Staff and Command. While a member of the Patrol he completed training for management and executive level officers.

Vernon is a member of the American Legion of Stover and has been a member of the Legion since 2004. He is a member of the Missouri Association of State Troopers Emergency Relief Society (MASTERS) since his retirement from the Patrol in 2018. He is also a member of the Missouri State Trooper’s Association (MOSTA) since 1990. Since 2018 he has been a member of the Buffalo Creek Citizen’s Patrol.

Vernon has been married to his wife Roxann for 29 years, has three sons and four grandchildren. He has had property south of Stover since 2005 where he and is wife built a “vacation” home and became members of Co-Mo in 2006. In 2017, Vernon and his wife moved to the property south of Stover and built their retirement home. After several moves during his Patrol career Vernon and his wife are looking forward to spending their remaining years, hopefully lots of them, in their new home.

Rick J. Everhart, Sr. – Stover

It is with great passion and enthusiasm that I respectfully submit my application for re-election to serve on Co-Mo Electric’s Board of Directors. Over the last two terms I have earned my CCD (Credentialed Cooperative Director) and my BLC (Board Leadership Certificate) by completing the required courses provided by the NRECA.

I have experience in various IT disciplines over the past 30+ years. Our family owned computer stores (Micro-Tek) supplied servers, pc’s, network solutions as well as internet services (ISP/WISP) to our rural communities for many years. I have served on the non-profit Versailles and Stover animal shelter boards in the past and I am currently on the Co-Mo Electric board serving as secretary.

With having all four phases of our fiber to the home project complete, our technology has opened up a lot of opportunities for our Cooperative. I feel that our coop plays a vital role in our infrastructure in mid missouri as it opens doors for new business that would not have been possible 5 years ago. I am very optimistic about our future growth and opportunities for our Cooperative. This would have not been possible without the dedication and hard work of our CEO, Management and Staff. With your support I will continue to do the best I can for all our member-owners.

“It is an honor to serve our cooperative and I am grateful for the opportunity.”

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District 2

David E. (Dave) Muntzel – Boonville

Dave Muntzel is a candidate to represent District 2 on the Co-Mo Electric Cooperative Board of Directors.

He is a 4th generation grain farmer from Cooper Co., has been married 47 years to Ann (retired school teacher), has 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and attends the United Church Of Christ-Billingsville.

Dave graduated from Bunceton High School, and was V.P. of his Senior Class.

He received a B.S. Business Administration/Marketing degree from the University of Central Missouri, was Treasurer of the Student Government Association, and a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
Dave’s business career includes 23 years in the Livestock Nutrition Industry as District Manager, Ralston Purina Co. and Regional Sales Manager, Akey, Inc., 12 years as District Sales Manager, Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance Services, and due to term limits, ending serving as State Representative, 48th District the past 8 years in the Missouri House of Representatives.

Dave indicates that during his career, he has worked with Managers and Directors of Boone County Electric Co-op, Howard County Electric Co-op, 26 year member of Central Missouri Electric Co-op, and 14 year member of Co-Mo Electric Co-op.

As State Representative, I served with current executive vice president and CEO of the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives, Caleb Jones, supporting to bring Broadband Internet to rural Missouri. I feel I have a clear understanding of what Co-Mo Electric Cooperative can do to offer profitable competitive electric rates and internet service to its rural and small town members. Personally knowing the president of one of Camden County Water Districts, and having friends and relatives as residents at the Lake, I am also aware of the needs and concerns of Co-Mo Electric members at the Lake Area.

I would appreciate your vote to become a Director to serve the members of Co-Mo Electric Cooperative with a common sense friendly attitude.

Richard Leo Purdon – Laurie

I am seeking re-election to the Board of Directors for Co-Mo Electric Cooperative. I have had the privilege of serving on the Board for 12 years and have completed extensive training earning the Credentialed Cooperative Director certificate, the Board Leadership Certificate and Board Gold certification. As the electric utility industry has continued to become more and more complex, I constantly strive to apply all this training for the maximum benefit of our membership to provide safe, reliable and affordable electricity. I have been on the Board since the inception of our fiber-to-the-home project began and have been one of its strongest advocates.

I was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. I graduated from Rockhurst University in 1964 with a B. A. degree and subsequently earned an M. A. degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia and a law degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. My wife Susan and I have three children, nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. I served 30 years in the U.S. Air Force in the Judge Advocate General’s Department with assignments in Missouri, Maryland, Virginia, Washington D. C., Taiwan, Japan, Texas and Alaska. In my last assignment, I managed eight offices throughout the world with numerous subordinate offices supervising over 100 attorneys.

I am currently involved in community and church activities including serving as vice-chairman of the Board for the Morgan County Senior Services Tax Board, as Chairman of the Laurie Planning and Zoning Commission and on the Board of Directors for the National Shrine, Mary Mother of the Church. I previously served as Mayor of Laurie, Missouri; Chairman of Laurie Board of Trustees; member of the Laurie Betterment Committee; member Lake Ozark Regional Economic Development Council, Ozarks Transportation Council, Council of Local Governments and the Lake of the Ozarks Transportation Advisory Committee. I am a member of the American Legion and its Honor Guard and the St. Patrick’s Knights of Columbus council.

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District 3

Craig Michael Allee – California

I am seeking re-election to the Co-Mo Electric Board of Directors. I’m currently finishing my second term as a director for Co-Mo Electric and I’m also serving as secretary of our subsidiary Co-Mo Connect broadband services. I have been past committee chairman of the Moniteau and Morgan County Farm Service Agency, past board member of the Moniteau County R-III school district, as well as being involved with many other community groups and organizations. My wife and I have been lifelong members of the cooperative.

For the past 15 years, my wife and I have owned and operated a commercial land improvement business serving all areas of the state. My wife, along with our two grown sons, have been actively involved in agriculture our entire lives. I believe that the variety of experiences that I have had would make me a good candidate to continue serving the members. The members have entrusted me with the fiduciary responsibility to see that the cooperative is operated in a manner consistent with the Cooperative’s bylaws, as well as all local, state and federal laws and regulations.

I actively seek member interaction to help relay to them as much information as possible about their cooperative on a variety of issues including rate structure, ROW management etc.


If given the opportunity to serve the members with another term, I’d continue to give the membership as much information as I can about the cooperative that they own.

David R. Shaul – Jamestown

David Shaul is married to the former Joyce Reynolds and resides at the farm near Jamestown, which has been in the family since the 1850’s.   Joyce’s parents and grandparents were among the first to realize the benefits of electric service provided by Co-Mo.

They have four adult children and eight grand-children.

David is a retired Lieutenant from the Missouri State Highway Patrol and currently holds a reserve commission with the Moniteau County Sheriff’s Department, having a total of 43 years of law enforcement service.

As a former Colonel with over 30 years of service in the US Army and Missouri National Guard he is a veteran of the Iraqi war, and Kosovo campaign. David performed emergency duty in Ferguson during the riots there.

David’s formal education includes a BS degree from Central Missouri State University and a Master’s Degree from the US Army War College. He is a graduate of the Missouri State Highway Patrol Academy, and the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.

David currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Peoples Bank of Moniteau County and the recent past President of the Christopher Casey Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. He belongs to the California Masonic Lodge, The Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Disabled American Veterans, and the National Rifle Association.

Throughout his military and law enforcement careers, David has served on various boards and in senior decision-making positions. He is fiscally conservative and believes in a forward looking approach to further the progress of Co-Mo in terms of program and project development, and  thorough ongoing assessment and resourcing to satisfy the needs of the Membership. 

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