JOHN DAY - Ken Speelman, a plant technician for CenturyTel at John Day, was presented with the 2002 Outstanding Service Provider Award at a ceremony held in October at Monroe, La. One person is chosen for the award each year from a pool of about 300 employees in CenturyTel's Washington/Oregon district.
Last year's recipient of the award was Central Office technician Bob Peterson of John Day. It is commendable that two people from the John Day plant have received this award for 2001 and 2002.
Speelman, who has worked with CenturyTel for six years, provides installation and repairs to customers and splices construction projects into the system. Peterson, whose main focus is maintenance of the electronic equipment, has been with the company for eight years. The office also employs Bill Wynne as DSL technician and provider for local installation and repair.
The service area for Speelman, Peterson and Wynne is John Day, Seneca, Paulina to within 19 miles of Prineville.
CenturyTel, began in 1930 in Louisiana, and now serves 21 states. Locally, there are 2,555 service lines, with 79,663 statewide. In addition to local exchange service and telephone access, the company provides long distance and Internet service including high speed DSL.