November 6, 2014
New Directors Announced:
Danny Johnson Named Director of Maintenance
Danny Johnson has been selected as Director of the Division of Maintenance at Southwestern Power Administration (Southwestern), effective July 13, 2014. Johnson has been with the agency since 1986 as an Electrical/Electronics Engineer and has extensive experience in the management of substation, transmission, and communications projects.
Johnson began his Southwestern career in 1985 as an intern technician at the agency's Springfield, Missouri, facility. After graduating from the Missouri School of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla) with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, he entered Southwestern's one-year rotational engineering program in 1986. He transferred to Tulsa, Oklahoma, the following year as an Electrical Engineer in the newly-formed Division of Engineering, serving as a design/project engineer on transmission and substation projects. He later moved into an Electronics Engineer position where he focused on the planning of Southwestern’s telecommunications infrastructure, including fiber optic and microwave communications systems, as well as SCADA systems, remote terminal units, and revenue/interchange metering.
From 2007 to 2009, Johnson served as Section Chief for Communications Engineering, directing and supervising the work of communications personnel and support contractors in completing a variety of telecommunications projects. He most recently served as project manager over Southwestern's Spectrum Relocation program involving the replacement of communications towers throughout the agency’s service territory.
Johnson says he's excited to be back in Springfield and looks forward to working with Southwestern's maintenance crews in his new role. "There's nothing I can teach them about the technical aspects of their work," he notes. "They are a phenomenal bunch of guys that really know their craft. The more I learn what they do on the job, the better I can support them in their efforts."
Collateral to his Federal career, Johnson served from 1994 to 2002 as chairman and president of the Distributed Network Protocol (DNP) Users Group, whose efforts made DNP the worldwide standard protocol for the interconnection of communications devices in the utility industry.