General Manager’s Corner – Fall 2021

A Letter From the General Manager

Greetings, LLP Members and Customers:

It was March 1978 and the comic book hero the Hulk made his television debut on CBS. At the same time, another superhero was making his debut at Lakeview Light & Power. A 19-year-old began his first job as a shovel-wielding line helper.

He was an ordinary man who would have an extensive career and do extraordinary things. That same young man would eventually transform into Operations Superintendent Mark Hadman. Although he does not don a cape, uniform or mask, he has worn several hats during a work career that spans more than 43 years.

Working at Lakeview Light & Power literally has been his first and last job. Mark began as a summer hire and has served in several roles, including apprentice, journeyman lineman, journeyman meter technician and, finally, operations superintendent in 2001.

Just as every good story leads to a final chapter, Mark has announced he will retire in January. His work ethic, sense of humor and knowledge of our utility operations will be greatly missed. Mark looks forward to enjoying his spare time with family, traveling and perhaps actually learning a second language. Parlez-vous Francais?
With this news, I am happy to announce Mark’s successor already has been selected. Our new operations superintendent is Kelly Butts, who began working at Lakeview Light & Power in December 2013.

Although Kelly has big shoes to fill and a busy 2022 ahead, I am confident he is an excellent fit for the position. He has had the opportunity to train with Mark for several months as they work through the transition, and has earned the respect of his staff. Please join me in congratulating Kelly on his recent promotion.

Finally, as if this news wasn’t enough, Lakeview Light & Power will turn 100 years old March 21, 2022. We have come a long way from the little cooperative power company formed to provide electrical service to dairy farmers and homeowners.

Our 100th annual meeting is scheduled for April 14, 2022. We will provide more information once we finalize the venue for the meeting. We are hopeful that as conditions normalize, we will be able to combine the meeting with some sort of celebration.

May you and your families enjoy healthy and happy holidays!

John DeVore, General Manager