Working for You: Farewell to Chet Johnson

Posted on May 31 2017 in Clark County REMC

Kenneth “Chet” Johnson is Working for You. As a Working Foreman, Chet has been with Clark County REMC for 46 years. On June 1, 1971, Chet began his career with Clark County REMC in the brush crew and then as a tree trimmer. In 1978, he advanced to the apprentice program where he became a lineman. In 1987 he became a working foreman and has remained in this position ever since. As of June 1, 2017, he will be wearing a new hard hat as a retired employee of the REMC. He is truly an amazing employee and will be missed by all of the employees and members.

When asked what he has enjoyed the most about working at REMC, he stated, “I enjoy working with all of the employees, connecting service to new locations and restoring power any time of day.”

Chet was born and raised in Borden and is one of ten children whom are all still living in the area. He currently resides in Memphis where he and his wife, Rita, raised their four children; Brad, Kevin, Kim and Heather. Chet and Rita, have been married for 45 wonderful years. They have four grandchildren that keep them very busy; Jasmine, Tiana, Blaze and Emma.

They enjoy spending time together as a family. The Johnson family has a trip planned once Chet retires to sail on a cruise to Alaska for a week. “The entire family will be going – all of our kids, their spouses and the grandkids,” said Chet. They have also planned a full family vacation to Disney World in October 2017. They enjoy taking trips together and making memories along the way. Once he retires, Chet plans to enjoy more of his favorite hobbies that include fishing, riding his motorcycle, camping, traveling and spending more time with his kids and grandchildren.

Thinking back to his first week of work at the REMC, Chet remembers that his father had just passed away the week before, and that he was very upset. The employees that he just met and the foreman Slick McNew, were such an inspiration to him and helped him get through a very rough time of his life. From this group of employees he has learned to be a role model to those that were employed after him. Chet thinks back over his 46 years at the REMC and he recalls a quote that he heard a long time ago, “If you find a job you like, you will never work a day in your life.” He believes this is the best way to describe his job and career with the REMC.

Chet has been a dedicated and dependable employee that so many look up to. He has worked on call in all types of weather and has always made sure that the membership was served to the best of his ability. Our thanks go out to Chet for his many years of commitment to our members and the communities we serve. We wish him well in his retirement and we thank him for his 46 years of service to the co-op.

We hope that you enjoy getting to know the employees of Clark County REMC and remember that Chet Johnson is Working For You.