After 21 years working for the primary power provider for Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative (SSVEC), John Shaver knows something about the cooperative business model.
“I have always believed that the cooperative model is the greatest opportunity for communities to flourish and succeed,” Shaver said in a recent interview.
Elected to his first term in 2023, Shaver has spent a lifetime living and working in Cochise County. After various agricultural-related position early in his career, he began working for Maid Rite Feeds in Willcox in 1990, moved on to Winchester Farms in 1995 and Phelps Dodge Morenci until 1999.
That’s when he started working for Arizona Electric Power Cooperative, the primary generator of electricity for SSVEC. Shaver spent 21 years working for the company before retiring in 2020 to pursue his “second career” full time as a licensed realtor.
His desire to serve on the SSVEC Board of Directors is focused on community service.
“I want to serve my community in a meaningful way and be an advocate for those in my district,” Shaver said.