Cooperative members share meal, vote

Swisher Electric Cooperative, Inc. in Tulia, Texas will host its 79th Annual Meeting on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at the Senior Citizens Center, 618 SE 2nd Street. The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. Members may register, vote and enjoy the self-serve buffet dinner at that time. Member registration must be completed and votes must be cast by 7:15 p.m. when the business meeting is called to order.

Two positions will be filled by electing directors for a three year term. Nominees for position 1 are Rank Cogdell and Lee Devin; position 2 are Jimmy Burson and Jared Francis.


RANK COGDELL has lived in Briscoe County in the Vigo Park area his entire life where he continues to ranch and farm.  Rank attended Silverton schools graduating from Silverton High School in 1983 before attending Texas Tech University in Lubbock. His real life training occurred while growing up on the family ranch; lessons he learned and continues to use today. “My experience as a farmer-rancher allows me to understand the day to day operations of Swisher Electric pertaining to the cost of providing energy to co-op members and to have input on decisions on the way I would on my own operations. I feel this experience and understanding allows me to be a good representative to the members.” Cogdell said.

Cogdell was elected to the Swisher Electric board of directors in 2015. Other boards he has served on include on the Panhandle Cutting Horse Association Board, the Briscoe NRCS Board and FSA county committee. A past president of the Silverton school board, Rank continues to serve on the school board and is currently serving his community on the Friends of Silverton committee.

Married for 26 years, Rank and Toy have two grown sons, Rowdy and Riley, also graduates of Silverton ISD. Rowdy operates the coffee shop in downtown Silverton. Riley is a junior at Texas Tech studying mechanical engineering. They are active members of Silverton First Baptist Church. In his spare time, Rank enjoys fishing and artifact hunting.

LEE DEVIN graduated from Tulia high school before attending Texas Tech University where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering. A rancher and co-owner/operator of “The Garden Shed” a retail greenhouse, Lee has lived in the Tulia-Vigo Park area his entire life. “Having lived in the SEC area for many years, I realize the effort required to keep electric service to the rural areas,” Lee said. “If elected, I will look forward to working with the professionals at SEC to continue to provide good quality electric service to the members.”

Community is important to Lee as evidenced by his commitment to the Vigo Park Volunteer Fire Department of which he is a member and officer.

Lee and his wife Tracy are active members of the First United Methodist Church in Tulia. When he is not busy working, Lee enjoys outdoor cooking, especially barbequing.



JIMMY BURSON, a lifelong resident of Briscoe County, and his wife Rhenda, live northeast of Silverton where they ranch. They are the parents of 3 grown daughters and 10 grandchildren; Kim and Dusty George, Keeley and Kraig Cox and Kenzie and Cody Whittington.  Jimmy received his BBA from Texas Tech University and is a retired Briscoe County Judge. He serves as music minister of the First Baptist Church in Silverton where he and Rhenda are active members. Music and leather working as his hobbies.

Jimmy became a SEC director in 2009 and is currently serving as the board secretary/treasurer. He stated, “I enjoy representing the people of our communities as a board member for SEC. Keeping our Cooperative healthy is a vital part of supplying a stable and reliable source of electricity to our rural areas.”

JARED FRANCIS graduated from Silverton High School and West Texas A&M University with a BS in Ag-Science. He is married to Chantell and they are the parents of three girls. Their daughters are 1st, 4th and 6th grade students at Silverton ISD where Chantell is an elementary teacher. The Francis family are active members of Rock Creek Church of Christ where Jared serves as a deacon.  An active 4-H family, Jared enjoys working with 4-H youngsters helping them get ready for the Briscoe County Stock show and is an adult leader teaching trap shooting for the Shooting Sports project. Francis also serves on the Briscoe-Floyd Co Farm Bureau. For relaxation you will find him hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family, especially his daughters.

Jared is proud of his genealogy and the fact he’s a 5th generation Briscoe County native. Much of his childhood was spent helping his granddad and dad on the family farm nurturing a love for the land. Jared has been farming all of his life; the last 13 years on his own. He raises cotton, wheat, milo and corn as well as hay for his cows. His love for the land and the country way of life and the desire to serve others is motivation for seeking your vote for the SEC board of directors. Jared said, “As an ag producer I understand the importance of a locally operated electric company.  It is vital to the economy of the area.  I hope to promote the longevity and sustainability of our local electric co-op.”


All members are invited and encouraged to attend.  All members attending the annual meeting will receive a registration gift and will be eligible for the door prize drawings. 

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