Kim L. Bakehouse, of Metropolis, Illinois, was elected to the SIEC Board of Directors in August of 2023.
Kim worked for 44 years at Electric Energy Inc. (EEI) power plant in Joppa, Illinois and he believes that his experience in the electric industry makes him a viable candidate for this position. Following his retirement in 2022, he transitioned to crop farming full-time.
When asked why he wanted to be a director at SIEC, he responded, “For me, the cooperative has always been around and provided good service to its members.” In addition to cooperative reliability, he also mentioned the strong ties SIEC has to the communities it serves immediately came to mind. Kim’s grandfather, Lewis Johnson, actually served as chairman on the original Cooperative Board of Directors, which is one reason he feels a responsibility and excitement to serve the membership of Southern Illinois Electric Cooperative, following in his grandfather’s footsteps.
Kim has also previously served on the Soil & Water Conservation Board as Chairman, as well as being an active FFA Alumni at Massac Community High School. As a Director, Kim said he would value honesty and integrity above all else, ensuring that he continues to learn about the industry and serves the membership here in southern Illinois to the best of his ability.