A new man has taken over the reins for longtime Arizona Public Service construction leader Jerry Hawkins, who has retired.
Stepping into Hawkins' shoes is another longtime APS man, Todd Thompson. Thompson has been with the power company in various capacities for 24 years -- he is celebrating his silver anniversary with the company this year.
He has worked all over the state, but came to Payson not quite a month ago from Snowflake. He has also worked in Prescott and the Camp Verde area. Years ago, he was in Payson as well.
Thompson said when he heard about the opening in the Payson office for a section leader in construction and maintenance, he put a bid in for the job because he likes the area. Not only will he oversee work in the Payson area, but the district includes Winslow.
He has worked as a crew foreman, a construction coordinator, a transmission lineman on the big towers and in other areas.
He will be supervising new construction and overseeing maintenance issues in his new capacity.
"The guys up here are great to work with and self-motivated," he said.
Thompson said the maintenance work includes things like dealing with holes in fences. "Someone cut a hole in a substation fence to get at the copper wire."
He will direct activities for new service and the maintenance and other work needed to keep the system operational. He will also be overseeing the construction of a new substation sometime in the near future, he said.
He and his wife have three daughters, with two of them still at home. In his spare time he enjoys outdoor activities such as hunting, four-wheeling and camping.