Seven Headquarters positions to be reassigned to districts
'The way we have operated in the past may not be appropriate today, especially given our current economic conditions.'
– Deputy Director Scott Stokes
Seven vacant positions at Headquarters will be reassigned to the districts as part of ITD’s commitment to address customer service needs and fill positions that best meet those needs, Deputy Director Scott Stokes announced today (Nov. 21).
The reassignment involves positions, not employees, Stokes emphasized. It involves the permanent transfer of PCNs (position control numbers).
This action is an important step in working with Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter to reduce administrative costs, explains ITD Director Pam Lowe.
She said the transfer stems from an ongoing analysis of the department’s activities to ensure that resources – including personnel – are applied where they will best serve Idahoans.
“All of our activities must support the department’s service-oriented mission, and this is another step in that process,” she said. “We want to maximize the talents and expertise of our employees.”
“These positions will meet frontline service needs and will be used in highway construction, design and maintenance,” Stokes added. “Our districts are best positioned to provide those needs. We are reviewing and prioritizing those district functions to determine the best way of re-assigning and reclassifying the positions.”
“(ITD Chief Engineer) Tom Cole and his management team will be responsible for determining where the positions can be best utilized,” Stokes said.
The shift will take place immediately, Stokes said.
“To operate as efficiently as possible, we must continually challenge the past,” he said. “The way we have operated in the past may not be appropriate today, especially given our current economic conditions. We must constantly re-evaluate our priorities to ensure that our limited resources are used where they will be most effective.
“In addition to looking at how to do things more efficiently, we also need to look at all of our duties and see if some of our tasks or duties should be updated to meet current needs.”
Transferring those positions will have an impact on staffing at Headquarters, but it’s a sacrifice that will produce greater good in the districts.
“Yes, it will hurt to give up those positions. And it may mean we won’t be able to do some of the things at Headquarters that we have in the past. But we see a greater need for the positions at the district level.”
Stokes said additional vacant positions at Headquarters will be analyzed for transfer and other steps will be taken to reduce administrative costs.