The Idaho Transportation Board will pause Tuesday during
its meeting in Boise to acknowledge the contributions of nearly
50 employees who reached service milestones in the last half
of 2003. The Service Awards ceremony, which typically draws
an overflow crowd of well-wishing colleagues, will begin at
10:30 a.m. in the auditorium at Headquarters.
ITD employees will be honored for outstanding service to
the department and citizens of Idaho, ranging from five to
30 years. The patriarch of the group is Robert Newell of the
Bridge Section who is the only employee reaching the 30-year
plateau in late 2003.
Sixteen employees will mark their fifth year, seven have
reached 10 years and 12 have completed 15 years. Six employees
celebrate two decades of employment and five have reached
the quarter-century mark.
In addition, eight employees who have turned the corner on
their professional careers and embarked on retirement pursuits
will be honored for their service. Collectively, the eight
retired employees represent 247 years of service, or an average
of nearly 31 years each. David Jennings holds the longest
tenure of the retirees with 44 years of employment
he began working at ITD in the era of President John F. Kennedy,
baseball legend Mickey Mantle and Oscar winner Ben Hur.
Board member Bruce Sweeney, representing District 2, will
open the awards presentation with short remarks. He will be
followed by comments from ITD Director Dave Ekern.
Chief Engineer Jim Ross will present the Maintenance Person
of the Year award to District 4s Chuck Chapin and the
Safety Person of the Year honor to Rex Hufford of Headquarters.
Ekern will acknowledge 12 individuals for their United Way
participation level by presenting the Heroes of Hope Governors
A reception, sponsored by the Headquarters employee group
DOROLCO, will follow the awards ceremony in the lobby. ITD
employees, along with family members and friends of recipients,
are welcome to attend the event as a way of honoring their