Bayfield resident promoted to operational management position
Justin Talbot has been promoted to Manager of Lines and Services at La Plata Electric Association (LPEA). Talbot fills the position of Ben Cordova, retiring after 34 years with LPEA.
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.
Talbot rose to the supervisorial position of Foreman in 2004, directly overseeing the line crews responsible for constructing and maintaining electric power transmission and distribution lines and facilities throughout LPEA’s service territory. In Dec. 2012 he was promoted to Line Superintendent and has been responsible for line maintenance and tree trimming crews since that time.
In his new position Talbot steps into an overall management position, overseeing LPEA’s line crews and superintendents in both La Plata and Archuleta counties, and ensuring optimum maintenance of the system, construction and safety of personnel.
“I am excited for the opportunity and look forward to the challenges ahead.” said Talbot who will continue LPEA’s tradition of pro-active care for the system, as well as respond to customer needs. “I will always keep the customers in my thoughts as I make decisions to our system, currently and in the future.”
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 15, 11 and 6.
“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. He now is, essentially second in command in LPEA Operations.”
With a number of anticipated retirements in the coming years, LPEA plans to continue to hire new Operations personnel, including filling Talbot’s vacated position of Line Superintendent. Those interested in future opportunities at LPEA can sign up for email alerts 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.