Electric Utility Wins Top Place and Safety Award at Statewide Competition
April 10, 2014
The City of Tallahassee’s Electric Utility was recognized at the Tallahassee City Commission’s regular meeting yesterday for taking home two first place awards and a safety achievement award at a statewide competition.
The City Electric Utility garnered first place overall in both the journeyman and apprentice categories at the rigorous Florida Lineman Competition, held March 28 and 29 in Ocala, Fla
The 14th annual state lineman competition, hosted by the Florida Municipal Electric Association (FMEA), demonstrated the varied skills of line workers from electric utilities throughout Florida. In 2015, and as an additional honor for the City, the Florida Lineworkers Competition will be held in Tallahassee.
“Our lineworkers work extremely hard, often in dangerous conditions, to ensure the reliable delivery of electricity to customers,” said Electric Utility General Manager Rob McGarrah. “As the #1 Public Utility in America, we take great pride in setting high standards and being recognized as a leader for our commitment to safety and outstanding performance.”
During the event, participants demonstrated skill, efficiency and safety by performing a variety of typical lineworker tasks. Judges selected Daniel Reams as the top-rated apprentice while the City’s winning journeyman team included Terry Cobb, Nick Ellis and Jason Smith. Other rodeo team members included Mike Hatcher, Jess Gerrell, Paul Bailey, Casey Smith, Mike Gramling and William Judd. Apprentices George Peddle, Larry Ford, Blake Burns, Justin Hunter and Apprentice Coach Kendrick Oliver received recognition.
In addition to the lineman awards, the Electric Utility received FMEA’s Safety Achievement Award at the lineman competition award banquet held on March 29. This top honor demonstrates the City’s commitment to protecting workers’ safety, while also ensuring reliable electric service to customers.
As an integral part of the City’s Electric Utility, the Transmission and Distribution Division has approximately 124 employees, half of whom are lineworkers. The City serves approximately 114,000 electric customers and is the third largest municipal electric utility in Florida.