Co-Mo Connect 84th Annual Meeting
- Thursday, May 25, 2023 -
Randy Lee Clifford - District 2
Hello, my name is Randy Clifford and I am seeking a position on the Co-Mo Board of Directors to represent District 2.
I was raised in Latham, a small town in Moniteau County, attended Latham R-V School through the Eighth grade, and graduated from California R-1 High School. After graduation, I met and married my wife, of 46 years, Kay (Martin). We have three married children Matthew, Scott, and Katie who, along with seven grandchildren, reside in Tipton.
My Grandparents became members of the Co-Op when it was formed, my parents became members soon after their marriage, and Kay and I became members when we married, continuing until we moved from Latham to Tipton. My parents had and I have deep respect for the dedicated Co-Mo employees who work, in any weather condition, to maintain service. Because of the excellent service we received as electric members, Kay and I subscribed to Co-Mo Connect Internet Service as soon as it became available in Tipton. Two years ago, we purchased and moved to a farm in the Cotton area of Southern Cooper County where we have a small cow/calf and row crop operation. We are happy to once again be Co-Mo members.
As a child I would sit and watch as linemen worked the lines in the Latham area and aspired to be a lineman, but my career took another path. I began working, at a young age, mowing lawns and helping a neighbor with farm chores. During high school, I worked in the family Plumbing, Electrical, and Well Service Business. After marriage, I operated the business on my own until health issues forced me to change careers. I then moved to Industrial Maintenance which opened the door to many new experiences. I was introduced to Programmable Logic Controllers (a type of computer used to control machine motion), Robots, and other high tech factory machines. To improve my chance for advancement, I attended Lincoln University completing Pre-Engineering coursework. My commitment to further my education and my strong work ethic, enabled me to advance from Maintenance Technician to Shift Supervisor and finally to Site Operations Supervisor. Other duties included assisting the Engineering Department with machine upgrades and retrofits. I received awards, at the highest company level, for developing innovative approaches to improving efficiency. A recurring comment on my annual performance reviews was “Randy makes good decisions”.
I have served as a volunteer firefighter, in various positions up to and including Chief. I have also served on the Board of Directors for Latham School District, Tipton Farmers and Sportsman’s Club, Tipton Country Club, Moniteau County Emergency Dispatch, and the Tipton City Council. I currently serve as President of the Latham Cemetery Association.
Kay and I are past owners of a small water and sewer utility company which was regulated by the Missouri Public Commission (PSC). My experience with the PSC has convinced me that Co-Mo members are far better served by a locally elected Board of Directors. I was raised to believe it is the responsibility of every member of any organization to serve where needed. I am honored to have received this nomination, and if elected, look forward to being able to bring my innovative thinking and solid decision making attributes to the Co-Mo Board.