Mendis Cooper, general manager of the Overton Power District, received a $3,561 raise retroactive to January 2014, as voted upon by the board of directors last week.

Cooper also received a three-year contract, which will go into effect in June.

The board listened to public comment before making this decision, which mostly addressed the lack of other benefits in determining the compensation package.

“We did use a format that uses the NRECA, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association puts out and it points out certain guidelines that you evaluate the general manager on based on how he performed in those areas,” said board member James Pugh.

The board also approved a pay raise of  $1 per hour for line foremen and foremen, retroactive to January. Line foremen and foremen will also receive another $1 per hour raise in July and again onJan. 1, 2015.