Jemez Co-op Trustees Get $130,000 in 2018

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Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative Board of Trustee President Nick Naranjo and Vice President Leo Marquez were the highest paid members in 2018. Combined, they received $45,058, which includes payments for attending Board and committee meetings, mileage, airfare and hotel costs.

Members of the Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees received $138,813 in cash and other expenses related to attending Board and committee meetings and other Co-op related activities in 2018.

These numbers come from a 2018 Co-op Finance Committee Expense Report, which details the amount of money each trustee received for attending Co-op Board and committee meetings from Jan. 1, 2018 to Dec. 31, 2018.

Board President and District 5 Trustee Nick Naranjo came out on top.

He received $25,610 in benefits. This includes $16,664 for attending Board and committee meetings, $1,833 in mileage reimbursement, $1,415 in training and conference registration, $844 in airfare, $2,466 in hotel costs, $1,445 in Gross Receipts Tax, $457 in miscellaneous expenses and $773 for Government Services Agency per diem rates.

Board Vice President and District 6 Trustee Leo Marquez came in with the next highest dollar amount, $19,447. This includes $11,912 for attending meetings, $2,168 for training and conference registration, $334 in airfare, $2,964 in hotel costs and $845 in Gross Receipts Tax.

In third place is District 5 Trustee Victor Salazar, the quietest member of the Co-op Board. He has spoken less than five times in 2018 during public monthly Board meetings.

Salazar received $17,972. 

This includes $9,449 for attending Board and committee meetings, $1,752 in mileage, $1,415 in conference and training registration, $934 in airfare, $2,466 in hotel costs and $649 in Gross Receipts Tax.

Trustee-at-Large John Tapia came in next, receiving $15,393. This includes $9,150 for attending Board and committee meetings, $1,125 in mileage, $1,074 in conference and training registration, $1,158 in airfare, $1,565 in hotel costs and $651 in Gross Receipts Tax.

Board Secretary and District 5 Trustee Harold Trujillo came in right behind Tapia, with $15,380.

This includes $10,349 in Board and committee meeting payments, $1,271 in mileage, $950 in conference and training registration, $224 in airfare, $1,175 in hotel costs and $711 in Gross Receipts Tax.

Board Treasurer and District 3 Trustee Johnny Jaramillo received $14,042. This includes $8,999 for attending Board and committee meeting, $1,271 in mileage, $950 in conference and training registration, $361 in airfare, $1,187 in hotel costs and $618 in Gross Receipts Tax.

Unlike the other trustees, Jaramillo is the only one who has his electricity bill total subtracted from his monthly voucher payment.

Opposition gets less per diem

The Board is split in two: those who side with Naranjo on issues regarding transparency and those who do not.

The four trustees who have routinely voted against Naranjo on issues regarding public information and participation each received less than $10,000 in 2018. One trustee in the in-group, Board Secretary and District 4 Trustee Lucas Cordova, also received less than $10,000.

Cordova received $6,309, which includes $5,249 for attending Board and committee meetings, $213 for mileage and $360 in Gross Receipts Tax. The Co-op did not pay any conference or training registration fees, airfare or hotel costs on his behalf.

Cordova is the Co-op’s Tri-State Transmission & Generation Association representative and receives separate payment from the organization that is not included in these totals.

District 1 Trustee Dennis Trujillo received $8,165. This includes $4,492 for attending meetings, $2,071 in mileage, $243 in airfare, $576 in hotels and $289 in Gross Receipts Tax.

District 2 Trustee Dolores McCoy receives $8,127, which includes $4,200 for attending Board and committee meetings, $1,941 in mileage, $368 in airfare, $576 in hotel costs and $343 in Gross Receipts Tax.

District 4 Trustee David Salazar received $5,504 for his efforts. This includes $3,317 for attending Board and committee meetings, $269 in mileage, $240 in airfare, $576 in hotel costs and $277 in Gross Receipts Tax.

District 6 Trustee Bruce Duran, who along with Salazar are Naranjo’s most outspoken critics, received the least amount of payments at $3,159. This includes $1,810 for attending Board and committee meetings, $331 in mileage, $191 in airfare and $117 in Gross Receipts Tax.

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USAFvet

Get rid of the CoOp. Sell to PNM and maybe we could pay a decent rate and not have constant outages

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