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Seattle City (spot)Light: Ruslan Radzhapov, Right-of-Way Maintenance Worker

The Basics

Division: Vegetation Management  

How long have you been at City Light? Two years

Tell us about your role: I maintain the vegetation, repair routes, and gates under the transmission lines, making sure there is clear access to the towers. I also patrol transmission lines for safety hazards and support line crews in their work.


Hometown: Renton, Wash.

Alma mater: Kyrgyz Politex University, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Discipline/Trade of study: Management

Tell us about your family/pets: I’ve been married for 10 years, and we have a 5-year-old cat.

Just for Fun

What has been your favorite project you’ve worked on/have been working on at City Light? Why? I was part of the crew that worked to control the spread of the Sourdough Fire that burned in the North Cascades near the Skagit Hydroelectric Project in summer 2023. We worked to protect the forest and transmission lines that run from Diablo Dam to Seattle. I got to combine my love of nature with the satisfaction of a job well done. It was rewarding.

What’s your favorite season, and why? Winter. I love the snow, mountain skiing, mountaineering, ice climbing, and ski mountaineering.

Finish this sentence: It’s never too late to…” Learn something new.