Judy Ruzicka says goodbye to Capital Electric Cooperative

Sometimes a temporary position turns into something more. For Judy Ruzicka, it turned into a 22-year career with Capital Electric Cooperative (CEC). Judy came to work for the co-op as a temp in 1995. Now, she is
retiring from a job she enjoyed, leaving behind a legacy of dedication and a commitment to member service.

“I was hired for a temporary position to help enter meter reads from the books into the system. It was a manual process back then and took a lot of time,” Judy recalls. “Today, technology has changed everything we do,
making it more efficient. We can definitely get more done in a shorter amount of time.”

“I will miss the people, as I have made a lot of great friends here at the cooperative,” she explains. “But, I will also miss the work.” In 2003, Judy became the work order clerk and she’s held the position ever since. For years, Judy was responsible for making sure the costs to add electric service to new construction follow the staking sheets prepared by engineers. She also worked with builders and electricians to connect temporary and
permanent services.

The people will miss Judy, too. Operations Supervisor Rick Dressler has great memories of working with Judy. He shares, “Judy has been a pleasure to work with for many years. She is going to be missed by all of us in
Operations, that’s for sure. Not only is she a lot of fun to be around, she is extremely good at her job. From tracking down an old transformer number from the 1960’s to fixing problems at inventory time, she did it all.

She has worked very well with the local electricians and home builders in getting new accounts hooked up.” During her retirement, Judy plans to enjoy time with her family, which includes five precious grandchildren.

“We will be busy with baseball in the summer. And now, we have another new grandson, so that will keep us busy as well.” Judy and her husband, Wayne, will continue to live in their home along the Missouri River west of  Wilton.

As she explains, “There is never a shortage of projects at home to keep us busy. The kids visit a lot, especially in the summer, so it’s nice to be so close to the river.” Pinochle is a popular pastime when the kids are around.

CEC employees will miss Judy’s smile and outgoing personality. She has been an outstanding friend to many in the past years. We will also miss the annual breakfast that she and former Operations Manager Gordy Wiesz would treat the employees to downstairs.

We wish you the best, Judy! Thank you for being a loyal co-op employee and a dear friend to us all!

Judy and Wayne have three sons; Scott and Rebecca (Hunter and Tyson), Brian and Helen (Liz and Joe), and Kurt and Amber (Asher).

 

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