Jan 9, 2014 - From staff reportsA maintenance foreman from Lovell, with ties to maintenance work on South Pass, is the Wyoming Department of Transportation's new area maintenance supervisor in Fremont County.
Jim Thomas, 52, began his new duties in December, supervising maintenance crews in Dubois, Lander, Riverton, and on South Pass. He replaces Don Detimore of Lander, who retired Jan. 3.
Thomas' career with WyDOT began in Thermopolis in 1981 at the age of 19.
"I always thought plowing snow looked fun, and I hoped to someday work on Togwotee Pass," Thomas said. "WyDOT has been my life."
Thomas never made it to Togwotee Pass, but he did make it to South Pass. After 10 years in Thermopolis, Thomas worked on South Pass' maintenance crew for 12 years beginning in 1991. He was promoted to maintenance foreman in Lovell in 2003.
"Jim has more than 30 years of experience with WyDOT, with 12 of those years being on South Pass," said WyDOT maintenance engineer Ron Huff of Basin. "He has a very good understanding of how the department works, and he likes to work with people and solve problems. He also has an excellent background in equipment and equipment operations."
Thomas is a Thermopolis native, and he graduated from Hot Springs County High School.
Thomas lists his other work experience at gas stations, as a part-time sanitation worker, and at WyoBen, a bentonite mine/processing plant. He's also volunteered through the years as a first responder and volunteer firefighter.
"I bring many years of experience to this new position, such as working on three different crews,"R00;Thomas said. "In each area, I have had very different challenges that have helped make me who I am today. I'm looking forward to working again in Fremont County, and the new challenges this position will bring."
Thomas and his wife, Stacey, have a 15-year-old son, Payton, and a 12-year-old daughter, Aspen.
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