When Trinity Valley EC members call their cooperative, they might talk to the mayor of Kaufman.
Jeff Jordan, TVEC’s communications coordinator, took the mayoral oath May 18. During his two-year term, he will help the seven-member city council oversee operations of Kaufman, a city 30 miles southeast of Dallas with about 7,000 people.
“I wanted to be part of the solution rather than just complain about problems I saw,” Jordan says.
The Kaufman native is a friend of service. Before running for mayor, Jordan served on the council and the economic development board. Plus, his work for TVEC involves serving co-op members by communicating with electricity consumers, government officials and staff, and the media.
Community involvement is also a trait of cooperatives, which are locally run.
“It goes hand in hand with that cooperative principle to serve and bring your skills to the table to make this a better place to live,” he says.