Co-op superintendent honored with A.C. Burrows Award
Award honors employees for outstanding service
Garry D. Lee, operations superintendent for Barry Electric Cooperative, was recognized with the A.C. Burrows Award during an annual meeting of the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives (AMEC) in St. Louis.
The award is given each year to recognize directors and employees of electric cooperatives for outstanding service to their respective cooperative, community and service areas.
Recipients are specifically selected based on the demonstration of leadership above-and-beyond the call of duty, thus contributing to the strengthening of the economic and social conditions in their areas.
Lee has been noted for his dedication and commitment to members' needs, working with honesty, integrity and having the best interests of the members at heart, especially during challenging times like major outages. He has been known to work tirelessly, dispatching crews and organization materials during outages to ensure power is restored as quickly and safely as possible, working in the field alongside lineman when needed.
Lee attended the annual meeting, but did not know he would be receiving the award.
"It was a delight being recognized like that," he said.
Lee has served as the operations superintendent for the Co-op since 1995 and is instrumental in helping keep the power on for residents.
"I'm in charge of all the line crews to make sure the jobs are done," he said. "I hand out the jobs to the men and make sure the safety elements are followed and make sure the work gets done."
Now in the 36th year of his career, Lee started out with the Co-op in 1980 as a meter reader and laborer, then transferred to the line department as an apprentice lineman within a few years. Thereafter, he continued to advance, becoming a journeyman, then moved to his current position as operations superintendent.
He attributes his uncommon longevity with the Co-op to the colleagues he works with each day.
"It's just a great bunch of people to work with," he said. "And, of course, [CEO] Bill Shiveley is super, and he's into everything. He's the mayor, on committees, etc. But, it's the people that make everything go smoothly and make it a smooth operation."
"You're nominated for the award by your peers, and I nominated Garry for his service," Shiveley said. "He's been very good for the Co-op. He looks out for it in everything he does, he's always trying to do the best for the members, and is very conscientious about the safety of the employees and in getting things done."