Clingan retiring from Jefferson Telecom

Tony Cllingan

Tony Clingan, a communications technician with Jefferson Telecom, will retire March 30 after 42 years with the company.

Friends and customers are welcome to visit the Jefferson Telecom showroom to wish Tony well on Friday, March 30, between 4 and 5:30 pm.

Clingan joined Jefferson Telecom in 1976, after receiving an applied science degree in electronics from South Western Community College and telephone installation training at Texas A&M. He then received on-the-job training from Jim Daubendiek, Larry Teeples, Roger Turner, and Larry Belt.

Clingan’s job responsibilities changed considerably over the years. He recalls, “My initial months were spent cleaning and splicing rural cables after they were installed. For the next few years, I buried copper drops to each house, then cut each house into service onto the new wires. I also cleaned, tested, and repaired phone equipment. Later I worked on business phone systems and the installation and repair of residential phones. After Internet service was added, I was heavily involved in its progression. Most recently, I was the ‘go to’ person for business phone systems.”

Jim Daubendiek, general manager, said, “Tony has spent his career at Jefferson Telecom, and we feel honored that he has worked for our company for over 40 years. His technical knowledge and expertise was deeply valued in our organization. We wish Tony all the best in his well-deserved retirement.”

In retirement, Clingan plans to fish and camp in the summer and downhill ski in the winter. The Jefferson Telecom family wishes him well as he prepares to enjoy more time with his real family, including his wife Paula, children, and four grandchildren.

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