Bayfield resident promoted to operational management position
Journeyman Lineman Justin Talbot has been promoted to Line Superintendent at La Plata Electric Association (LPEA). Talbot fills the position formerly held by the retiring Roland Pack.
Born and raised in Bayfield, Colo., Talbot joined LPEA as a Groundman in 1994 following studies at CSU. Within a year he’d been accepted into LPEA’s Apprentice Lineman program and “journeyed out” as a Journeyman Lineman in 1999. He rose to the supervisorial position of Foreman in 2004, overseeing the line crews responsible for constructing and maintaining electric power transmission and distribution lines and facilities throughout LPEA’s service territory.
In his new position as Line Superintendent Talbot is responsible for all contract tree trimming groups and maintenance of all underground and overhead lines, as well as substations in La Plata and Archuleta counties.
“It’s challenging, and definitely something different than what I’ve been doing during my career at LPEA,” said Talbot who will continue LPEA’s tradition of pro-active care for the system, as well as respond to customer needs. “We want to keep the lights on and the customers happy.”
Talbot is active in the Bayfield community, having served for four years on the Bayfield Town Board. He also enjoys building spec homes and spending time with his wife Becki and their three daughters, ages 14, 10 and 5.
“Justin is an example of how a career can be built at LPEA,” said Steve Gregg, manager of operations. “Hired initially as a Groundman, he basically started on the bottom rung of the ladder and has learned all aspects of operations in his steady progression.”
With a number of anticipated retirements in the coming years, LPEA plans to hire new operations personnel in the not too distant future, including Apprentice Linemen. Those interested in future opportunities at LPEA can sign up to be alerted when the positions become available. Visit www.lpea.coop and click on “Contact Us” to join LPEA’s email list.
LPEA, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative established in 1939, provides to its more than 30,000 members, with nearly 41,000 meters, safe, reliable electricity at the lowest reasonable cost, while being environmentally responsible. For additional information, visit www.lpea.coop.