Operations Superintendent Todd Shaner retired from OPALCO on March 29 after nearly 33 years with the cooperative. He started at OPALCO in 1980 in the line clearance right of a way. Three years later he became an apprentice, and in 1987 became a journeyman. He was promoted in 2002 to a foreman, and again in 2005 as manager of operations.
Shaner will be staying on the island, and is looking forward to the time he will have to do home projects, give back to the community by volunteering and a little traveling. He is excited to spend more time with his two granddaughters in Arizona, and have more time to spend with his four children. Two of his children live on Orcas, one is in Tucson and one is in Anchorage, Alaska. Shaner says enjoys being a resident of Orcas, and loves his home that he values.
“When I started almost 33 years ago the power infrastructure was 80 percent overhead, and 20 percent underground,” Shaner said. “Today, 80 percent of the infrastructure is underground and 20 percent overhead. This has really helped keep our interruptions to a minimal. In the last eight to design years, we have become more modernized and are electronically operative, where 30 years ago we were more of a ‘ma and pa’ organization, but we still have the feeling of a family.”