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After holding the District 3, Office 2 Board of Trustees seat for 30 years, Charles Crawford submitted his letter of resignation in January 2023. To fill the open seat, a nominating committee was formed by REC members, and began the process of nominating and interviewing members for the open position. 

While Emmett “Sonny” Harrison IV, may have only been an official REC member for 20 years, he grew up with REC all his life. Harrison is the fourth generation to live on his family’s land which has been in their family for over 100 years. 

“I was initially surprised when I received the call to see if I was interested,” Harrison admits. “However, it didn’t take long for me to want to know more and see how I would be able to give back.”

Harrison, his wife Jamie and their daughter Baylor live in the Cox City area on his great, great grandparents’ property. Sonny and Jamie have been married for nine years and their daughter is five years old. 

Harrison owns a small oil and gas company along with a small service company. He grew up in the oil and gas industry. After the initial call, Harrison reflected on what he knew about REC and knew he wanted to be a part of the Board of Trustees.

“I have always been impressed with how REC is not only thinking about their current members, but how they can leave things better for future generations,” Harrison adds. “The way the Cooperative looks at the future is the same way I approach my business. I am looking forward to learning more about the Cooperative and helping where I can.”