Discussion and a possible vote on a FY 2020 budget was on the original agenda at the Arab Electric Cooperative board’s regular monthly meeting Monday night, but budget issues were tabled as the board dealt with a breaking development.

General Manager Scott Spence submitted his resignation after last week revealing he’d taken a job as president and CEO of Duck River Electric Membership Corp.

However, he said AEC will be just fine.

“This co-op will move forward,” he said. “The current management team (at AEC) has brains and backbone. That’s very important and not the case when I got here.

“This management team can continue to enhance our reliability, increase member convenience options and deliver the best value possible for the lowest rates achievable. They are qualified to move the cooperative forward as long as the board backs them up.”

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