HUGHESVILLE, Md. (January 23, 2011) The Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) Board of Directors has selected William R. Cullins, III to complete the term of director Samuel "Bo" Bailey, who resigned on November 16, 2010.
Bailey's term expires in 2012. He represented St. Mary's County on SMECO's Board since 1977. During his tenure in office, Bailey served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Personnel and Benefits Committee, and he represented SMECO on the Public Relations Committee for the Virginia, Maryland and Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives. During his 33-year tenure, SMECO's customer base tripled.
Bailey helped to establish the St. Clement's Island-Potomac River Museum and served on the museum's Board of Directors. He is also a past president and charter member of the Seventh District Optimist Club, well-known for its annual Blessing of the Fleet. He is the former owner of Captain Sam's, a wholesale seafood distributor, and former co-owner of D.J.'s One-Stop Shop. Bailey also served as a Director of the First National Bank of St. Mary's and as a member of the St. Mary's County Planning Commission.
Cullins was born and raised in St. Mary's County. He graduated from St. Mary's Ryken High School in 1973. He is the president and part owner of Cullins Trucking in Clements, Maryland. He is also vice president and part owner of Wicomico Grain Elevator in Wicomico, Maryland. Cullins is a member of the St. Mary's County Chamber of Commerce and the Seventh District Optimist Club and a former member of the Seventh District Volunteer Fire Department. He has three daughters.
Cullins was selected for the position in accordance with Cooperative Bylaws and Board Policy 1-7.1. He was sworn in at SMECO's Board meeting on December 21, 2010.