I recently learned that the job selection committee at OPALCO did not choose Cheryl Jackson for the job. Cheryl has been gracing the front office as a “temp” for a year, without benefits. She is capable, professional, friendly, upbeat, and a technological wizard with a strong computer sciences background. Cheryl could ease members’ concerns in a calm and friendly manner, and is a creative, intelligent problem solver. OPALCO employees, both on Orcas and San Juan, often turned to her for help, especially with the new computer program upgrades. I can’t think of anyone who didn’t like Cheryl, or see her as an asset to OPALCO.
I wonder why the most obviously qualified, well liked and dedicated employee wasn’t chosen. Cheryl would have been perfect for the many changes OPALCO is seeking to make, and would have guided any transitions smoothly and competently.
My vote, as an OPALCO member, is still for Cheryl. This letter is in thanks and appreciation for all the brightness and can-do attitude that she brought when she greeted us in the front office. I’ll miss her. I hope that some other business or organization will soon be lucky enough to have her on their team.