Parks Announces Retirement from Co-op Board

Parks Announces Retirement from Co-op Board

A&N Electric Cooperative Director Edward Parks Jr. has announced his retirement from the co-op’s board later this year. His retirement will open a District 1 seat, which was up for election, on the cooperative’s board of directors.

Co-op members interested in running for a board position should contact the cooperative at or by calling 757-787-9750.
Eligible candidates must:

  • Reside in District 1 (this district covers the northern areas of Accomack County from Parksley’s northern border to the Virginia/Maryland state line and includes Tangier and Smith islands);
  • Be an A&N Electric Cooperative member for at least four years;
  • Be a member in good standing (no late co-op payments in the previous 12 months); and
  • Have the capacity to enter into legally binding contracts.

Prospective candidates will need to complete and return a Director Application form to the cooperative prior to April 30, 2022.

A director’s term is 3 years.


Parks has represented District 1 on the cooperative’s board for nearly 18 years. He was appointed to his seat in May 2004. In that time, Parks completed all director certification courses through the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Director’s Institute and obtained his Credentialed Cooperative Director Certificate, Board Leadership Certificate and Director Gold Credential Certificate.

“Ed Parks has been a dutiful representative for the membership of the cooperative, not only for the members who reside in his District 1, but for all co-op members on the Eastern Shore, Tangier Island and Smith Island, Md.,” says A&N Electric Cooperative Board Chairman Addison Nottingham. “The directors appreciate the wisdom he has bestowed upon us throughout his 18 years on the board. He will be missed.”

Over the years, he has served on a variety of committees for the cooperative’s board and held committee assignments for the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives representing A&N Electric Cooperative at the statewide level.

Furthering his commitment to the local community, Parks is a former mayor and town council member of Tangier and is heavily involved with the Tangier Interactive Museum and Culture Center. In addition, he recently served as chairman of the Members Helping Members board, which was established to help cooperative families who need assistance in paying their electric service bills.

Parks’ board term will end in August 2022.

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