LIHU’E – The first elected board of the Kaua’i Island Utilities Cooperative was sworn in Friday morning at the Kaua’i War Memorial Convention Hall. The board is being headed up by chairman Gregg Gardiner, vice-chair Dennis Esaki, secretary Walt Barnes, treasurer Ron Kouchi and assistant secretary Abel Medeiros. Also sworn in were new board members Susan Stayton, Randy Hee, Saburo “Sab” Yoshioka and John Bandmann.
The Strategic Planning Committee of the KIUC board is being chaired by Barnes; the Finance and Auditing Committee by Yoshioka; the Government Relations Committee by Kouchi; the Economic Development Committee by Esaki; and the Membership Committee by Bandmann. The new board was announced on Feb. 15, following a mail-in ballot election that had 31 candidates. Each rate payer of the KIUC was provided a ballot. About a third of the ballots were cast.