After roughly 10 years of service, Terry Alley has resigned from the La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) board of directors.
Citing his imminent move to Colorado Springs, Alley stepped down from his position as a director in District 1-Archuleta County last week.
Alley also served as board president for two years, beginning in 2009. He did not seek re-election to the post in 2011.
The LPEA board has initiated efforts to fill the vacant position.
Pursuant to the LPEA Bylaws, Article III, Section 7, a vacancy shall be filled by an affirmative vote of a majority of the remaining directors and that any director so appointed serves for the remainder of the term of his predecessor.
Alley’s current term expires in May 2013.
Any member of LPEA who is a permanent resident of District 1 (Archuleta County) can apply for the vacant seat. Applications and support information is available online at www.lpea.coop, as well as at the cooperative’s offices in Pagosa Springs (603 S. 8th St.).
Completed applications must be returned — Attention: Greg W. Munro — by noon on Friday, Aug. 12, in person to the Durango office, by mail (P.O. Box 2750, Durango, CO 81302-2750) or electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We will review all the written candidate applications and arrange for personal interviews by the end of August,” said Jerry McCaw, LPEA board president, noting that hope is to have a selection finalized by the Sept. 21 LPEA board meeting. “Terry’s shoes are going to be big ones to fill and we can only hope to find someone as competent, caring and conscientious as Terry is. He has served all the members of LPEA extremely well.”
Alley’s departure leaves a vacancy not only on the LPEA board, but also in the community, where the impact of his years of service remains.
Alley, a native of Pagosa Springs, has spent nearly 58 years in Pagosa Springs, leaving only for school and a hitch in the Army, a span that consisted of about five years, he said.
Now Alley, along with his wife, Jennifer, are leaving the community and heading to Colorado Springs due to health concerns within their family.
The couple has children in Colorado Springs — a factor that played into their choosing the city as their new home.
“We needed to move to a larger city and that’s why we chose Colorado Springs,” Alley said.
Alley’s background is in education — a background Pagosa Springs put to good use.
Alley earned his bachelor’s degree from Fort Lewis College, a master’s degree from Western State College and a superintendent endorsement from the University of Colorado. Alley also taught classes during his time in the Army.
Alley returned to Pagosa Springs in 1970, teaching science and social studies in the junior high and high schools, as well coaching football, wrestling and track.
In 1974, Alley became the principal of the junior high school, serving in that capacity for six years.
In 1980, Alley became superintendent of the school district, retiring from the role in 2001.
Although retired, Alley’s service to local education was not finished. Alley continued to help the school district with grant writing and, in 2005, he served as principal at the elementary school.
In 2009, his work with the school district ended, Alley said.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the entire time I was with the school district,” Alley said, noting the district’s staff and school board and adding that the time was a good experience for him.
Alley’s work as superintendent was recognized on a state level a full decade before he retired from the role.
In 1991, the Colorado Association of School Boards and the Colorado Association of School Executives presented Alley an “Unsung Hero” award based on his accomplishments with “limited resources.”
As one might expect, Alley left lasting signs of his more than 31 years of service to the local school district.
Alley lists the completion of the high school building on the south side of town as one of his most memorable achievements.
“I think probably working on getting the high school built,” Alley said when asked for a favorite memory or achievement. “I think that had a real impact on the education ... of all the students in the district.”
Alley said the new high school helped relieve crowding problems in the school and provided a “needed facility for the community.”
Outside of his work with the school district, Alley has served on a number of area boards, including LPEA, the town council, sanitation district, Rotary, Seeds of Learning, Archuleta Housing and more.
Along with Alley goes his wife, Jennifer, who many also know as the mouthy Sister Robert Anne in Music Boosters’ productions of “Nunsense.”
As well as showing her acting chops, Jennifer Alley helped bring art instruction to the elementary school in the early 1990s by writing a grant that provided funds for a program.
Those who know Alley know he will contribute to his new community just as he contributed to Pagosa for decades — even if he doesn’t know exactly how he’ll do so just yet.
“I need to be involved in something,” Alley said.