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Terry Keese Retires from CTEC
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 • Posted February 8, 2012

On January 31st, Terry Keese, District Operations Supervisor, retired after more than34 years of dedicated service. Fellow workers gathered for a small party in his honor at the Mason District office.Terry was hired by Bill Ivey on September 26, 1977. Spending his entire career in the Mason office, Terry was (from the beginning): a Boom Truck Operator; a Groundman; a Service Crew helper; a Service Lineman; a Warehouseman; a Contractor Coordinator; and for the last 4 years, the Operations Supervisor for the Mason District.He says the biggest change he witnessed was converting line construction from 7200 volts to 14,400 volts. This process cut out a serious overload problem in the Mason area, and significantly reduced outages.He lists the F4 killer tornado that hit west of Castell, Texas in May 1999, as his most memorable incident. Terry vividly remembers that CTEC lost 5 ½ miles of line during that storm, and it took crews from all the CTEC offices working together, around-the-clock for 2 ½ days to restore power to the area.When asked what he considered to be the best thing about his career with the Co-op, he answered sincerely, “Having a great bunch of people to work with”.He stated his plans for retirement include” hunting, fishing, and whatever my wife and daughter have planned for me to do”. He added, “They already have numerous projects lined up!”

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