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Electric department recognized for dedicated service to the City
The City of Lawrenceville celebrated National Lineman Appreciation Day on April 8, 2019, in recognition of the Electric Department staff and their dedicated service to the community. The program included lunch and key recognition for the linemen and their support crews who manage, maintain, repair and expand the City’s robust electric infrastructure.
“We are proud of our Linemen and electric staff and grateful to them for the excellent level of service they provide day-in and day-out,” said Chuck Warbington, Lawrenceville City Manager. “Lawrenceville works hard to ensure our residents have the infrastructure they need to live comfortably and we could not do it without our dedicated crews. We appreciate them every day and especially in April of every year.”
City of Lawrenceville Electric Department employees not only take care of our utility customers in need, they also help out our neighbors in surrounding communities in need. When natural disasters hit and leave communities without power, the City of Lawrenceville Electric Department is happy to offer mutual aid. In September 2018, Kelvin Standifer (lineman) and Keith Davis (lineman), Cole Cantrell (groundsman), and Kyle Cain (apprentice lineman), traveled to Thomasville, Georgia to help restore power where three substations and 20 main line circuits were out due to storm damage from Hurricane Michael.
Every year, Electric Cities of Georgia (ECG), a non-profit organization serving public power members like Lawrenceville in Georgia, joins together with other Georgia Electric Utilities to create greater awareness of and express gratitude for these special men and women. Lawrenceville’s recognition on April 8 comes just ahead of the nationally designated date for Lineman Appreciation of April 18. The City encourages residents and businesses to share in this appreciation on April 18 and post a note of thanks on their social media outlets.
Lawrenceville’s first power plant was built on a city lake in 1903. In 2019, the City of Lawrenceville Electric Department serves more than 11,000 customers in Gwinnett County. It is currently the 10th largest electric municipal in Georgia, out of 52 electric municipals. Led by Department Director Rick Baldwin, there are 17 employees in the division, including 12 line workers.