Larry Detwiler, director of loss control, safety and compliance for Kansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc., has achieved certification as a utility safety professional (CUSP).

A graduate of Pratt High School, he is the son of Don and Goldie Detwiler, Pratt. He and his wife, Deb (Badders) Detwiler and son Alex live in Topeka.

Detwiler has been at KEC since 1991, where he started as a safety inspector. Prior to his current position, he worked at Ninnescah Electric Cooperative, Pratt, progressing from apprentice lineman, to journeyman, to lead lineman and finally to safety coordinator.

In September, Detwiler voluntarily participated in the certification process, which included classroom training and a 120-question closed book test.

The purpose of the CUSP is to promote safety leadership within the industry. An estimated 25 people have earned the CUSP designation in Kansas.