Long-time Board Member Ed Monroe Retires

The Hartselle Utilities Board of Directors are, from left, (seated) Jimmy Moore, Secretary/Treasurer; Mike Gunter, Chairman; Ferrell Vest, Vice-chairman.  Standing, from left, are Barry Hampton and Terry Phillips.

After over 15 years of service, Mr. Edward L. Monroe has resigned from the Hartselle Utilities Board of Directors. During his tenure, he served as Board Chairman for over six years.

Monroe provided steady leadership, support, and oversight to our company over these many years, resulting in continued progress and improvements to our service to our customers. Hartselle Utilities, the Board, and its employees are very grateful to Monroe for his dedication to our Company.

We thank Mr. Monroe and wish him the best!

Barry Hampton will replace Ed Monroe on the Board.

An Athens native, Mr. Hampton began teaching at Hartselle High School in 1993. He and his wife lived in Decatur at the time and moved to Hartselle in 1999.

Hampton and his wife live in Hartselle. They have two children, a son who is a freshman at UAB, and a 15-year-old daughter who attends Hartselle High School.

“I hand-picked Hartselle as the place I wanted to live,” Hampton says. “When I was growing up in Athens, Hartselle always seemed like the perfect small town to live in and raise your family.”

Eventually, Hampton decided to change careers and returned to school to earn his degree in Mechanical Engineering. He now serves as Vice President of Addison Fabricators and works with pressure vessels and tanks for chemical, petrochemical, and engineering companies around the world.

“Our work at Addison Fabricators is similar to the work at Hartselle Utilities,” he explains. “It’s not the same, but we run in a parallel track – enough that I’m not completely in the dark” during board discussions about utility engineering and construction.

“My first two board meetings have been enjoyable, and very interesting,” Hampton continues. “During our last board meeting, we talked about how last year was a mild winter, which meant people didn’t have to use their heat as much. That negatively affected Hartselle Utilities’ profits – that’s not something I had thought about before that discussion.”

“As a board member,” Hampton says, “it’s our job to give the staff an outside perspective. Bob Sittason and Daxton Maze do their jobs every day, and so they know better than I do what needs to be done. Our job as a board is to provide guidance, along with checks and balances. And so far, I’ve been very impressed with the way they do their jobs. They have visions for the future, and are staying on top of what needs to be done – both what needs to be done right now and what needs to be done to prepare Hartselle Utilities for the future.”