Jan Parsons has been named APS area supervisor, replacing Jim Spencer who retired in October.
Parsons, who has worked for APS since 1985, is now responsible for all facets of customer service functions for APS, including business office operation, meter reading, service restoration, new construction and community relations.
"Jan has proven herself more than capable of tackling the responsibilities of this position," said Brad Ryan, manager of APS' Northeast division. "Her experience with the company, knowledge of the issues, and involvement in the community will serve her well. I expect the people of the Payson area to enjoy the benefits of Jan's leadership."
"It's going to be tough to fill Jim Spencer's shoes -- he was such an asset," Parsons said. "I've worked under his tutelage for quite awhile and I'm ready for the challenge."
Parsons and her husband, Harry, have two grown children but consider their two golden retrievers as members of their family. In fact the Parsons and their dogs were in the Roundup almost two years ago when they were attacked by a rabid bobcat that had come in their yard. Both Parsons and her husband suffered scratches and bite wounds and one of their dogs had to have 30 stitches.
"I thought my dog had cornered the cat," Parsons said. "But the cat attacked the dog."
Parsons went to open her gate to let the bobcat out of the yard when it leaped at her and latched on to her arm.
"It bit me here," Parson's said, exposing two small scars on her arm. "I reached over and grabbed by the scruff of the neck and threw it back under the porch."
Parson's amazing story doesn't end there. The cat also jumped on her husband and then tried to attack a police officer before a Fish and Game officer put the bobcat down.
Parsons appears to have a sense of humor about the incident but asked the Roundup not to use the photo of her taken after the attack.
Throughout her time in Payson, Parsons has been an active community member, lending her efforts to groups such as the Payson Lioness Club, Rim Country Rotary and events such as the Community Christmas Food Drive and the APS Stocking Stuffer Golf Tournament. Parsons is also the vice president of the Gila Foundation for Higher Education and Treasurer of the APS Payson Employees Scholarship Foundation.
"I feel that I am fortunate to live here and have the opportunities that I've had," Parsons said. "There's always room to give back. It's my way of saying thanks."