On Monday, October 10, 2011, The Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS) held elections for the following posts: Secretary Treasurer, Vice President Headquarters, and Vice President — NRAB. In addition to the elected postions, the Director of Research position was also reassigned.
Walter A. Barrows, the former Secretary-Treasurer, resigned on Friday, September 30, 2011.
Brother Barrows held the Secretary-Treasurer position for 11 years. Brothers Barrows leaves the BRS to serve as the Labor Member on the Railroad Retirement Board.
The results of the elections held on October 10, 2011, are as follows:
Secretary-Treasurer — Jerry C. Boles (former Vice President Headquarters);
Vice President Headquarters — Kelly A. Haley (former Vice President — NRAB);
Vice President — NRAB — John D. Bragg (former Director of Research) and;
the appointment of Mike S. Baldwin to the position of Director of Research.
Jerry C. Boles, was elected to the position of Secretary-Treasurer on October 10, 2011.
He began his railroad career in January 1977, as a B&B helper, for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad. In November of 1977, Brother Boles transferred to the Signal Department. He also worked one year on a Relief Signal Maintainer position, one year as the Signal Maintainer at Shattuck, Oklahoma, and was a Signal Maintainer at Littlefield, Texas, for 17 years before being appointed Grand Lodge Representative in 1997.
President W. Dan Pickett appointed Brother Boles to the position of Grand Lodge Representative in August of 1997, and then to Publications Editor in 1998. He has held the office of Vice President Headquarters since 2001.
Kelly A. Haley, was elected to the position of Vice President Headquarters on October 10, 2011.
He began his railroad career as a B&B Helper on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad in 1977. Brother Haley transferred to the signal department later the same year, where he held various positions in Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, and New Mexico during his career.
In 2001, President Pickett appointed him to the position of Publications Editor at Grand Lodge in Mount Prospect, Illinois. In 2005, his title was changed to Communications Director to more closely describe his duties. Brother Haley developed the computer network and systems at Grand Lodge in addition to his job as Publications Editor. In January of 2008, President Pickett appointed Brother Haley to the position of Director of Research. He served as Director of Research until the 2010, 50th Regular Convention when he won election to the position of Vice President — NRAB.
John D. Bragg, was elected to the position of Vice President — NRAB on October 10, 2011.
He began his railroad career as a conductor for CSX Transportation at Pinoca Yard in Charlotte, North Carolina. Subsequently, Brother Bragg transferred to the Signal Department and was elected Local Chairman and Northeast General Committee Trustee. In May 2008, President Pickett appointed John as a Grand Lodge Representative. John worked in this capacity until his appointment as the Director of Research at the 2010, 50th Regular Convention.
Mike S. Baldwin, was appointed to the position of Director of Research on October 10, 2011.
He began his railroad career in March of 1998 as an Assistant Signalman assigned to a Signal Construction Gang. In April of 1998, Brother Baldwin was promoted to the position of Signalman, which he held for two months, at which time he was promoted to the position of Signal Technician. He also worked as a Signal Technician in Richmond, Virginia, for four years. He was a Signal Technician at Fredericksburg, Virginia, at the time of his appointment.
Elected First Local Vice President of Local 138 in 2002, Brother Baldwin served in that capacity until his appointment to Local Chairman of Local 138 and General Chairman of the RF&P General Committee in 2005, and served in those positions until 2010. He held both positions at the time of his appointment to Grand Lodge as a Representative.