• LPEA's Operations team announces two new additions

    Gallaway and Hotter helping to improve service to members

    The La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) Operations team announces the addition of Matt Gallaway and Dalton Hotter. Gallaway serves on the line crews as a Journeyman Lineman, with Hotter taking on the position of Storekeeper.

    Gallaway entered the electric utility business immediately out of high school in his hometown of Stilwell, Okla., joining Ozarks Electric Cooperative in the four-year Apprentice Lineman program. He “topped out” earning his Journeyman in 2000 and ultimately served Ozarks for 13 years. In the electric utility industry, linemen are responsible for constructing and maintaining electric power transmission and distribution lines and facilities.

    He worked as a Lineman for Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative in Arizona for four years, before moving to Oregon with his bride and stepping into the investor-owned utility world with Pacific Power. There, in both Oregon and Wyoming, he garnered experience in Substation Maintenance and as a District Lineman.

    “I wanted to get back to a rural electric co-op because it is more family-oriented,” said Gallaway, pleased when the LPEA lineman position became available. He and his wife (and their horses and dogs) have settled in Ignacio.

    Hailing from a multi-generational Durango family, Dalton Hotter was born and raised in Durango. Launching his career initially in construction, he sought to tackle a new discipline. As Storekeeper for LPEA, Hotter works with the warehouse and purchasing, as well as the line crews, to ensure needed equipment and tools are stocked and available.

    “I would like to become a lineman down the road,” said Hotter, who resides in Durango with his new bride. “That’s what I like about this position – starting on the ground level. It gives me the opportunity to learn about all the different components that go into the making and maintenance of an electrical system.”

    LPEA, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative established in 1939, provides to its more than 30,000 members, with nearly 42,000 meters, safe, reliable electricity at the lowest reasonable cost, while being environmentally responsible. For additional information, visit www.lpea.coop.