After nearly three and a half decades of service, Arizona Public Service Payson District Manager Jim Spencer will retire from the electric company in October. Spencer has headed APS's Payson operations for the past 14 years.
"Replacing someone like Jim is not a challenge I envy," Brad Ryan, APS Northeast District Manager, said. "APS has been fortunate to have someone with Jim's experience and work ethic, and the Payson community has been blessed to have his passion. I know I speak for a lot of people when I say Jim will be missed. At the same time, Jim has earned the opportunities sure to come his way. He made APS and the Payson community a better place for those who had the good fortune of working with him."
Spencer's 34-plus-year career began in Yuma in 1968 as a construction laborer. In 1969, he was drafted into the U.S. Army for a two-year period of service, but returned to APS in 1971. Spencer held several positions in Yuma construction, engineering, survey and customer service before transferring to Flagstaff in 1977 as a field representative. In 1980, he entered APS management when promoted to Coconino District customer service supervisor. In 1986, he was named manager of APS's marketing programs in Phoenix prior to his transfer to Payson in 1988.
"I feel extremely fortunate to have worked for a quality organization like APS," Spencer said. "I'm thankful to the APS officers and senior management who, over the years, have always demonstrated exceptional corporate citizenship and treated their employees extremely well.
"Without question, the highlight of my APS years has been spent here in the Rim country," Spencer added. "I have enjoyed working in Payson and contributing to the community. And, I fully intend to continue that involvement, especially in economic development and the Rotary Club of Payson."
Spencer's wife, Missy, is the assistant CEO at Payson Regional Medical Center. Spencer said that "since she is so much younger than me, I'll need to start another career." Spencer has several employment options under consideration, but the one he is most interested in involves the Majestic Mountain Inn.
"I would like to mow the grass, clean the pool and pretty much be the official Majestic Mountain cabana boy," Spencer said. However, owner Doug Brackin has different plans for Spencer, wanting him to market corporate conferences and retreats to Valley of the Sun executives and boards of directors to improve weekday occupancy at his hotel. "Maybe, just maybe, there is a compromise somewhere between our two positions," Spencer concluded.