Johnnie Walker named Right-of-Way Agent at LPEA
Long-time professional to assist members with easements and pending construction
DURANGO, Colo. – La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) has named long-time electric utility professional Johnnie Walker as the cooperative’s new Right-of-Way Agent.
She will work with property owners on right-of-way negotiations to allow LPEA easements for its equipment, while also overseeing environmental and cultural studies on pending construction.
Born and raised in Farmington, Walker launched her career in 1979, joining Farmington Electric Utility as a Meter Reader, though she quickly advanced into the apprenticeship program for the electric meter shop.
Taking time off to raise her children, she returned to Farmington Electric as a Line Patroller and back-up Groundman, a position she held for eight-and-a-half years, working in the field and truly experiencing and learning the core of the system.
In 2008 she initiated her training as an Estimator, a position comparable to LPEA’s Staking Engineers, and served in that position until July 2018, when the LPEA Right-of-Way Agent position became available.
“I was ready for a new challenge,” said Walker, who will continue to reside in the Farmington area. “The resources here at LPEA are amazing, and the efficiencies and productivity very good. I’m very pleased to be here.”
LPEA, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative established in 1939, provides to its more than 33,000 consumer-members, with in excess of 43,000 meters, safe, reliable electricity at the lowest reasonable cost, while being environmentally responsible.
LPEA offers a variety of apprenticeships and employment opportunities. To explore employment, or for additional information, visit www.lpea.coop.