David Ekern and the Idaho Transportation Board
I am announcing my retirement from the Idaho
Transportation Department and state service. My last day in the
office will be December 16, 2004, and I plan to run my vacation
time out, which will take me through early February, 2005. I have
had a great career with the department, one which has taken me
from the position of technician in the Moscow Materials Lab to
my current position of Chief Engineer/Deputy Director.
My ten years as Chief Engineer has been one of
the most rewarding and challenging positions of my career. I have
seen many changes that have transformed the department into the
organization that it is today.
We have instituted fiscal accountability at the
district level, we have implemented performance measures and we
have become one of the most efficient organizations in state government.
We have seen over a hundred and eighty million dollar growth in
our budget and we are doing it with the same number of FTEs we
had in 1994.
Over my career, I have seen the completion of
the interstate, the transformation of U.S. 95 from what used to
be called the Goat Trail to the current modern highway.
I have seen the department respond to disasters such as the Teton
Dam flood, and the 1996, 1997, and 1998 floods that took over
$100 million dollars of Emergency Relief money to repair the damaged
This has been a difficult decision, but one I
feel good about. I look forward to spending more time with my
family and pursuing new adventures. I know the department is in
capable hands and there are many competent and well qualified
employees that will continue the tradition of serving the public
and moving the department forward.
Idaho Transportation Department