Wood County Electric Cooperative’s board of directors has appointed longtime member, Kenneth R. Langley, the District 3 representative of the Wood County Electric Cooperative.
Langley replaces Dennis Wright, who resigned after 35 years of board service. Langley will serve the remainder of Wright’s three-year term. Wood County Electric Cooperative’s District 3 encompasses the areas of Hainesville, Hawkins, Hoard, Pine Mills, Red Springs and Winona, as well as areas east of Lindale, Mineola and Quitman.
Langley, a Wood County Electric Cooperative member since 1973, was born in Tyler and raised in Red Springs. He attended Winona Independent School District from first through 12th grades, followed by studies at Tyler Junior College and the National Fire Academy.
He was a career firefighter, serving with the Tyler Fire Department, where he achieved the rank of captain before retiring after over 30 years of service. He also owned and operated two businesses -- Ken’s Country Store and Red Springs Feed, both in Red Springs.
Over the years, Langley has served his community as both a director and president of the board of Winona Independent School District. For over 20 years, he has served as a board member of Sand Flat Water Supply, where he is the secretary/treasurer. He is a past board member of the Smith County Jr. Livestock Show, and a lifetime member and committeeman of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
He and his wife of over 40 years, Rosie, reside on their working cattle ranch near Red Springs. They have three children and eight grandchildren.
“Kenneth has dedicated his life to public service, not only with his profession, but with acts of long-term volunteerism,” Board President Pat Lindley said. “His understanding of utility systems, emergency response, board governance and volunteerism should serve the membership well. The entire board is pleased to have him join us.”
For more information about the Wood County Electric Cooperative, visit www.wcec.org.