ITD's 54 employees honored for their longevity with the department
Tuesday collectively represented about 850 years of service,
announced Director Dave Ekern. Using mathematical applications
(statistically valid analysis) known only to engineers and
public speakers, Ekern translated that to more than 28,000
years of total employment represented by ITD's 1,830-plus
employees give or take a percent or three.
Transportation Board member Bruce Sweeney, Lewiston, reminded
the standing-room-only crowd of approximately 150 employees
and family members, their commitment to the state's transportation
system is well respected. He said the board has supported
and made provisions for additional compensation
for employees. He personally lobbied the governor for higher
state salaries, acknowledging an exodus of employees to local
government agencies that offered better pay.
board also is committed to providing a rewarding, enjoyable
work environment that attracts and retains quality employees.
Sweeney's parting advice for award recipients: "If at
first you don't succeed ... skydiving probably is not your
Carla Anderson, of the Human Resource office at Headquarters,
joined Ekern in presenting awards to employees who achieved
longevity milestones ranging from five to 30 years. The elder
statesman of the group was Robert Newell, Bridge Section,
who was the only ITD employee who reached the 30-year plateau
in 2003. Sixteen employees concluded their fifth year, seven
reached 10 years and 12 completed 15 years. Six employees
celebrated two decades of employment and five reached the
In addition, eight employees who made a transition to retirement
in the last half of the year were honored for their lifetime
of service. Collectively, the eight retired employees represented
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.
Jim Ross, ITD chief engineer, presented two special awards
during the ceremony. He introduced Chuck Chapin as recipient
of the Maintenance Person of the Year, and Rex Hufford, Headquarters,
as Safety Person of the Year.
Chapin (above) was instrumental in chasing down and stopping
a wrong-way driver last year on Interstate 84 averting
head-on crashes and saving lives. His quick action drew praise
from the State Communications Center. In a display of sincere
modesty, Chapin told the crowd that similar actions have taken
place before and many ITD employees rise to the occasion to
keep travelers safe.
an equipment analyst for Headquarters Maintenance (right),
is responsible for monitoring equipment purchases, researching
new purchases and ensuring ITD the safest possible tools to
perform their work. He has been on the safety committee the
past seven years, is an invaluable resource for shop maintenance
issues and often travels to other ITD districts to assist
with equipment needs. He, too, said that safety is a shared
pursuit among many ITD employees.
"Maintenance rocks," he told the audience after
receiving the award.
Ekern also acknowledged individuals who received the Governor's
Heroes of Hope award for contributions to the United Way campaign.
ITD Service Award Recipients
Five Years: Michael Adams, Information Services; Alice
Askarnia, Highway Operations; Sheryl Elms, Public Transportation;
Brandy Gibson, Vehicle Services; Gail Grenz, General Services;
Sandra Healy, Financial Services; Pamela Hocken, Driver Services;
Rebecca Howell, Financial Services; William Humphreys, General
Services; Anita Jausoro, Public Transportation; Matt Moore,
Planning; Joseph Peagler, Traffic; Cindy Smith, ROW; George
Walter, Financial Services; Raymond Wong, Planning.
10 Years: Michele Courtney, Driver Services; Terry
Crist, General Services; Chris Eller-Poole, Motor Carrier
Services; Randy Jenkins, Maintenance; Lance Johnson, Traffic;
Howard Maberry, Supply Services; Holly McClure, Roadway Design.
15 Years: Joseph Bandhauer, Materials; Bryon Breen,
Maintenance; Judith Cahoon, DMV Administration; David Gjesdal,
Driver Services; Leo Hickman, Roadway Design; Linda Johnson,
General Services; Patricia McKinney, Traffic; Regina Phipps,
Port of Entry; Hal Putnam, Driver Services; Joyce Robertson,
Driver Services; Sandra Stewart, Vehicle Services; Mark Wheeler,
20 Years: Mary Acks, Motor Carrier Services; Jim Csencsits,
Information Services; Cindy Francke, Driver Services; David
Hall, Information Services; Vicki Johnson, Driver Services;
Roy Jost, Environmental.
25 Years: Nancy Becker, Driver Services; Darryl Foster,
General Services; Pat Marler, Planning; Maggie Ransom, DMV
Administration; Mark Young, Aeronautics.
30 Years: Robert Newell, Bridge.
Retirees (July-December 2003): Gary Bowlden, 33 years;
Sharon George, 38 years; David Jennings, 44 years; Bart Jensen,
26 years; Velva Jones, 30 years; Dee Moffat, 20 years; Linda
Slupe, 22 years; E. Lee Wilson, 34 years.