Steamboat Springs Pat McClelland won the right Saturday to represent Steamboat Springs on the board of directors of Yampa Valley Electric Association.
McClelland totaled 1,303 votes to 814 for Paul Sachs. McClelland was elected to a three-year term and will replace Mark Palmer, who resigned earlier this year to take a job in San Francisco. McClelland, representing YVEA's District 7, will take his place among eight other directors. YVEA is a rural electrical cooperative that spans most of Routt and Moffat counties, as well as small portions of southern Wyoming and extreme eastern Utah. All YVEA customers were eligible to vote.
Most of the YVEA members who voted in the election mailed their ballots in, but the results weren't made officials until the 64 people who attended Saturday's annual meeting in Hayden cast their ballots. YVEA's Manager of Consumer Accounts Jim Chappell said the board elected Irlan Neas to succeed Sam Haslem as chairman of the board. Neas, who was previously vice chairman, has served as chairman before. Tom Trevenen, representing the Elk Springs area west of Craig, is the newly elected vice chair.
Chappell said attendance at this year's annual meeting was down from the usual 100 members.
McClelland said he intends to resign from his position as vice president at Wells Fargo Bank within a year. He said he's eager to continue the service to the community through YVEA begun by his father, Lloyd, after World War II. Lloyd McClelland began his 35-year career with YVEA as a lineman and retired as a line supervisor in 1981.
Pat McClelland went to work with then-Routt County National Bank as a loan officer in 1972. He has worked at the bank, through numerous name changes, since.