Mission Statement:
We are committed to give our member-owners the most reliable, cost-effective services possible. 

Our Vision:
To seek the highest level of member satisfaction while improving quality of
life for our members, our employees, and our communities.

Western Illinois Electrical Coop. is a member-owned electrical cooperative based in Carthage, Illinois. Organized in 1938, WIEC was established to bring the convenience of electricity to the rural areas of Hancock and Henderson Counties. Since that time, we have been committed to give our 3,600 (and growing) members the best customer service possible and along with reliable electric service.

There are   7 Cooperative Principles that guides cooperatives dating back to 1844. These principles are the key reason that WIEC operates differently from other electric utilities.    One of those principles is that we are owned by those we serve. The members have a voice in who represents them. WIEC is governed by a seven member board of directors, who are elected to a three-year term. For a map of our service territory and the director elected from each district, click here.

The directors are elected by the members at our Annual Meeting, which is usually held on the fourth Thursday in June.

Board Members

  • District 1 – Kim Gullberg, Stronghurst
  • District 2 – Bill Newton, Burnside – Assistant Secretary-Treasurer
  • District 3 – Jay Morrison, Niota
  • District 4 – Kent Flesner, West Point -President
  • District 5 – Mark Burling, Carthage
    – Vice President
  • District 6 – Rob Gronewold, Carthage
  • District 7 – Janet Spory, Sutter – Secretary-Treasurer


  • Todd Grotts – General Manager
  • Wendi Whitaker -Finance and Accounting Manager
  • Ryan Biery – Manager of Operations
  • Eric Belshaw – Apprentice Lineman
  • Greg Bolton – Mechanic/Groundman
  • Cody Grainger – Area Serviceman
  • Eric Johnson –  Line Foreman
  • Garrett Kestner – Apprentice Lineman
  • Mark Kissinger – Electrician
  • Andy Lafeber – Crew Foreman
  • Karmen Metternich – Billing Coordinator
  • David Peer – Staking Clerk/Material Handler
  • Tim Shumate – Journeyman Lineman
  • Mandy Steinkamp – Administrative Asst/CSR
  • Kyle Tanner – Apprentice Lineman