2020 Employee of the Year

From left, Assistant General Manager Pat Holley, 2020 Employee of the Year Greg Kitchen and General Manager Doug Smith.

Each year, Lassen Municipal Utility District (LMUD) chooses an outstanding employee to honor as the district’s employee of the year at the annual service awards celebration in December.

Due to the pandemic, the 2020 service awards were postponed, and the employee of the year award was presented at the LMUD office early in 2021.

We are proud to announce Greg Kitchen is the 2020 employee of the year.

Greg began working for the district in 2005 as a laborer and was promoted to meter reader in 2008. He began his meterman apprenticeship in March 2017, and was promoted to journeyman meterman in February 2020.

“Through hard work and determination, Greg has moved from an entry-level position to his current position as journeyman meterman,” says LMUD General Manager Doug Smith. “Greg is willing to tackle any project head-on, and the expertise he has developed is extremely valuable to the district.”

Greg’s co-workers say there isn’t much he can’t do. His expertise in handling trouble calls for high bills, solar installations, and everything in between has made him the go-to guy for many of the district’s departments.

“I know if I have a problem with a meter—or a customer’s electricity read—I can call Greg and he won’t stop until he figures out what’s going on,” says Christina Nystrom, LMUD customer service supervisor. “I call on him all the time to help with solar array calls. If a customer is having trouble understanding how their solar array works, Greg’s got all the answers.”

“He really is a huge part of our solar and net-metering program,” says Theresa Phillips, the district’s energy services and public relations manager. “He is wonderful at helping customers understand how things work. He’s patient and relatable, he has a way of putting things into perspective.”

Join us in celebrating Greg, LMUD’s 2020 employee of the year.