In response to an internal review of the Division of Highway’s administrative functions, ITD has embarked on a comprehensive study of the working relationships between Headquarters and ITD’s six districts. The study will identify parts of the relational processes that work well and recommend changes where necessary to increase efficiency.
The report, released by the Office of Internal Review in November, highlights several apparent needs related to internal controls in the districts and the relationships, responsibilities and functions of staff at district offices and at Headquarters.
The ultimate goal, as outlined in a recent memo from Chief Engineer Steve Hutchinson and Administration Administrator Susan Simmons, is to develop a plan and structure that improves the working relationships, streamlines operations and enhances consistency throughout the department.
A number of key individuals will help guide the review process and recommend internal changes. They are:
Donna Burns, Human Resource Development, will serve as facilitator.
The group will review the roles, responsibilities and authorities in divisions and district administrative functions and recommend improvements. The initiative also will include identifying an organizational structure that will be consistently implemented throughout the department. Group members will be asked to:
“This should lead to a more streamlined approach to administration,” Simmons and Hutchinson said in the memo. “It should eliminate some of the confusion and conflicts that exist today among staff and clarify where accountability lies within the department.”
Recommendations are due in early August.