About Salem Electric

About Us

About Us

Who we are, how we operate, and our commitment to cooperative principles.

Founded in 1938, Salem Electric is a not-for-profit electric cooperative. Unlike investor-owned utilities, electric cooperatives provide electricity to their consumer-members at cost. Reliable, renewable, electricity is distributed to members throughout our 17.5 square mile service territory.


Community Focused

Salem Electric is committed to the communities we serve by providing scholarships, heating assistance, donations, and electrical safety education. SE employees are members of your community who volunteer hundreds of hours annually to local organizations.


Five goals guide our business decisions.

SE’s Goals

  • Reliable Service
  • Good Customer Relations
  • Good Employee Relations
  • Financial Integrity
  • Low Rates 

Cooperative Principles

All cooperative businesses adhere to seven guiding principles.

7 Cooperative Principles

  • Open and Voluntary Membership
  • Democratic Member Control
  • Members' Economic Participation
  • Autonomy and Independence
  • Education, Training, and Information
  • Cooperation Among Cooperatives
  • Concern for Community
Business Operations
Employment Opportunities

Employment Opportunities

Salem Electric is an equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis, including race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability or sexual preference.

Salem Electric Has an Opening for the Following Position


Journeyman Lineworker

Salem Electric is an electric cooperative, serving approximately 19,000 members in a compact service area located in the Mid-Willamette Valley of Oregon. Lineworkers are members of the IBEW Local 125 union.

This position works as a member of a crew to install, repair, and maintain electrical power systems including overhead and underground lines. The work is performed on energized and de-energized overhead and underground lines ranging from 120 volts to 115,000 volts. 

Essential job functions include preparing and setting line poles, structures, and towers, and troubleshooting, repairing, or replacing insulators, overhead and underground transformers, switches, faulted cables, defective high and low voltage conductors, wires, equipment, and other related hardware. Hot sticking experience is required.

Applicants must have a journeyman lineman card and possess a valid First Aid/CPR card and an Oregon Class A CDL, or the ability to obtain one within 30 days. The successful candidate must pass a skills test. In addition, the candidate must pass a drug screening test and background check after a conditional offer of employment is extended. Must reside within a 30-minute response time to Salem Electric headquarters.

Salem Electric is an equal opportunity employer and offers an excellent benefit package. Current rate of pay per collective bargaining agreement is $55.45/hour.

Qualified applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to jobs@salemelectric.com, fax to (503) 375-2645, or mail to PO Box 5588, Salem, OR 97304.  For more information about the Salem-Keizer communities visit www.travelsalem.com.


Service Territory

Salem Electric has a defined service territory shown in gray and located within the boundary line on the map below. To start service or determine if a specific address is served by Salem Electric, please contact our office during business hours at 503-362-3601.

Board of Directors

Meet Your Board of Directors 

Salem Electric board members support the work of the general manager and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. Directors are elected by the membership and serve three-year terms. Contact Us

Board meetings are held monthly and members are welcome to attend. Dates of upcoming board meetings are posted on our Meetings, Events, and Closures page, and both the Board Meeting Summaries and Minutes of Board Meetings are available for view.

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Dave Bauer
  • Dave retired from his family business, R. Bauer Insurance. He has been a Keizer resident and Salem Electric member since 2001.
  • Board member since 2014
  • Current term 2020–2023
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Joe Van Meter
  • Joe retired after 37 years in juvenile corrections and is currently working at recreational fishing and home property maintenance. He lives in Keizer and has been a Salem Electric member since 1972.
  • Board member since  2004
  • Current term 2018–2021
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Jerry Berger
  • Jerry retired as the President of Chemeketa Community College after working in the education field since 1962. He lives in West Salem and has been a Salem Electric member since 1972.
  • Board member since 2002
  • Current term 2019–2022
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Jeff Anderson
  • Jeff is the secretary/treasurer for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 555. He has been a Keizer resident and Salem Electric member since 1978.
  • Board member since 1985
  • Current term 2018–2021
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Jan Bargen
  • Jan retired from the Federal Electric Regulatory Commission. She lives in West Salem and has been a Salem Electric member since 2011.
  • Board member since 2019
  • Current term 2019-2022
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Cindy Condon
  • Cindy retired from her position as president of Pacific Pride Services, LLC. She lives in West Salem and has been a Salem Electric member since 1987.
  • Board member since 2017
  • Current term 2020–2023
Angie Onyewuchi
Angie Onyewuchi
  • Angie is the CEO of Travel Salem. She lives in West Salem and has been a Salem Electric member since 2014.
  • Board member since 2020
  • Current term 2020–2023

Meet the Management Team

We’re here for you. Salem Electric's management team has over 96 years of dedicated experience working for Salem Electric. We love our co-op and we hope you do too. 

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Tony Schacher
General Manager
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Britni Davidson
Member Services Manager
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Chris Krieck
Administrative Services Manager
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JB Phillips
Engineering & Operations Manager
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Michael Richman
Information Technology Manager
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Michele Adkins
Executive Coordinator