The Cobb EMC Board of Directors voted unanimously to reduce its staff and linemen by between 55 and 110 of its 550 employees through a company-wide offer of voluntary separation packages.
CEO and President Chip Nelson made the announcement to employees recently.
"It wasn't underhanded," said a Cobb EMC employee about the announcement, who asked not to be identified. "It was OK and they need to because some of (our staff) needs to go. That way, other people that are with this company have the opportunity to move up."
She commended Nelson on stepping up as the new CEO and said she believes he's doing what's best for the company with this move.
"He was pretty upfront that this is what they're offering and it's decent and that you'll get your package when you leave and if it's suitable, then go for it," she said. "I think it's a good thing for these young guys who have been waiting 10 or 15 years to move up. If you're of age to retire, you should go ahead and enjoy the rest of your life."