Meet Mike Smith: Journeyman Lineman
According to Mike Smith, he’d wanted to join Jefferson County PUD’s line crew back in 2013, as it was first forming.
“I was really interested in being part of building a utility.” But as Smith had only started on at the City of Port Angeles a year earlier, after a 20+ year career as a journeyman at Portland General Electric, he decided to stay put awhile.
In December of ’21, he finally made the leap. Smith still says the newness is still what attracted him. “I like that it’s a relatively young crew, and it hasn’t been going so long that the culture is already set in stone.”
Electric Superintendent Josh Garlock said Smith fit in with the rest of the crew right away. “We are lucky to have him. The knowledge and skill he brings is invaluable.”