Sam Blount, after almost 40 years of service to Central Valley Electric Cooperative, retired on February 5.
He started working at the co-op in 1981 as a staking engineer. After doing that for three years, he read meters for five years before he was moved to the Metering Department were he stayed for the next 30 years.
When asked what has changed over his career, Blount stated, “Everything has changed, but the biggest thing to me was the transition from mechanical meters to electronic meters. I didn’t know anything about computers, but I learned.”
When asked what has stayed the same, he stated, “The basic function of a meter is the same. It tells you how much electricity a person uses; only nowadays you can get a lot more information.”
What Blount will miss the most are the people and friends he’s made during his career. He stated, “I like to tell people, I wasn’t born at CVE, but I was raised here.”
His future plans include fishing, enjoying time with grandkids, and working on his old trucks.
Blount said, “I was very fortunate to have worked here, and CVE has one of the best meter shops in the state.”
Central Valley Electric Cooperative would like to thank Sam Blount for his dedication and service to the co-op.