What do you do for Yuba Water Agency?
I work as part of the maintenance team, which consists of operators, mechanics and electricians. As an electrician, I make sure all the motors, breakers, heaters, lights, outlets, and everything electrical are maintained and in good working order. This allows the power that we harness from our hydropower plant to make it to the power grid, which then goes out to all the communities.
Have your essential duties changed due to COVID-19? If so, how?
Most of my essential duties have not changed since the virus, with the exception of there not being much new construction because of the Agency is doing its part in keeping us safe and trying to slow the spread. Because of this, I am not able to work on the larger jobs that I normally would be working on with the other electrician and craftsmen to complete. A lot of that type of work is at least a two-person job.
Photo: Newton and a couple friends enjoy a nice day out on the golf course.
What do you enjoy most about working for Yuba Water Agency?
One of the things that I really enjoy about my job here at Yuba Water is the diversity of my work. I help maintain the generators, but I also get a chance to work outside at Bullards Bar Dam, the different diversion dams and the gaging sites. I also enjoy that I get a chance to work with all the different crafts on a regular basis as well.
Tell us something about yourself that most of us don't know.
I think a lot of people know that I was in the service, but not many know what I actually did. I was a 95B, which is a Military Policeman. I spent most of my time at Fort Riley in Kansas, where I patrolled the base. I was deployed to Guantanamo Bay for six months where I helped build and maintain camps for Haitian and Cuban refugees.