Meet your Local Linecrew
Being a lineman isn’t easy.
Beyond enduring long hours in the worst weather, linemen have to be skilled climbers, machine operators, truck drivers, electric and construction workers, and more. And they are constantly training to keep up with new codes, safety practices, materials, and technology. Our crew does a lot.
Eric Tharaldsen worked at Clallam PUD for 24 years before coming to Jefferson PUD in early 2013 to join the fledgling electric division. He was one of the first crew members hired and was promoted to foreman in 2014. Tharaldsen has lived on the Olympic Peninsula all of his life, and loves the outdoor recreation opportunities that come with it, as he says: “from sea to ski.”
Bo Lee, like Tharaldsen, is part of the original early linecrew and is also a Foreman. Lee came to Jefferson County from a utility in New Mexico. He was intrigued by the opportunity to be part of a newly forming electric utility. Lee appreciates not working in an office, getting to be outside, and building things that will be up for decades. Lee has four children, ranging from age 13 to 1 years old.
Kurt Anderson has been a journeyman lineman for 16 years. He came to the PUD from Crescent City, CA, where he worked for Pacific Power. Anderson came to Jefferson PUD because “all of my family is in the Seattle area. I grew up here and wanted to come back home.” Kurt is an avid mountain biker and has two children.
Casey Alm is a second generation lineman. He graduated from Chimacum High and worked as a lineman for a variety of private line contractors around the country before coming back home to Jefferson county to raise his family in and work for the PUD in 2017.
Dylan Brackney grew up in Quilcene and was a groundman on the original crew with Bo and Eric in 2013, moving up to apprentice and then journeyman. Brackney knew he wanted to be a lineman early on, and went to line school right after graduating from Quilcene. Brackney enjoys fishing and hunting.
Jon Dehnert is the most recent edition to the PUD line crew. He and Alm had previously met working in Oakhurst CA, Dehnert was raised in Eatonville WA, and also wanted to come back to WA state to raise his two young children.
Jeremiah Jones grew up in Gig Harbor but worked for a co-op utility in Texas before coming to Jefferson PUD. Jones is glad to be back home in the northwest. He has a daughter at Chimacum High. He enjoys being a lineman and getting to do something different every day.