PennDOT Honors Jefferson County Man with Star of Excellence Award

HARRISBURG, Pa. – This week Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Leslie S. Richards recognized 29 PennDOT employees for their outstanding performance with the Star of Excellence Award, PennDOT’s highest recognition.

(Pictured above: Terry Mitchell, Highway Foreman II)

Two employees from PennDOT’s District 10, which represents Armstrong, Butler, Clarion, Indiana, and Jefferson counties were among the honorees.

“The Star of Excellence award recognizes PennDOT’s top performers, the very best of the more than 11,000 people who work long and hard day in and day out to improve their individual performance and address the many transportation challenges,” Richards said. “All of us take our responsibilities very seriously, and our award winners serve as outstanding role models.”

Local winners, Courtney E. Snyder, P.E., and Terry J. Mitchell, were honored yesterday afternoon at an awards luncheon at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg.

“We here at District 10 are pleased to join the friends and family of Courtney and Terry in congratulating them on this well-deserved honor. Courtney and Terry are excellent choices for this award with their great attitudes, customer focus, and commitment to the Department’s goals.” Said Joseph P. Dubovi, III, P.E., District Executive.

Courtney Snyder, (pictured below) Maintenance Program Engineer and 13-year District employee, utilized her expertise in maintenance and budgetary needs resulting in savings of over $21 million for unfunded Interstate projects on I-80 in Clarion and I-79 in Butler. This success resulted in reducing the impacts to the County Maintenance budgets for repairs to these Interstates.

Courtney promotes the development of young engineers and technical workers through relationships with local vocational-technical schools to promote the Science Technology Engineering Program internships. Her involvement assists the development of future employees into technical positions such as the Roadway Program Technician series.

Courtney participated in District Incident Command and District Business Plan Committees.

Courtney assisted the counties in preparing five-year paving plans to increase efficiencies and address needs. Her expertise in asset management, Interstate programming needs, Transportation Improvement Program, and maintenance funding makes her an asset to the District and the Department.

Terry Mitchell, Highway Foreman II, in Jefferson County, looks for innovations to improve the long-term quality of our state system. He developed and implemented practices for the installation of cross pipes. These innovations resulted in better ride quality, cost savings, and were recognized as best practices by the Bureau of Maintenance Operations for manpower and equipment savings.

Terry’s Mill and Fill crew exceeded planned production rates for patching on secondary routes at a cost below the contracted price, resulting in an overall savings of $652,000. Jefferson County plans to continue this operation with Terry at the helm.

Terry works to increase production, increase customer satisfaction, and eliminate concerns before customers bring them to us.

Terry is recognized in Jefferson County for innovative thinking that improves current practices and valued for his ability to increase efficiency and level of service provided to the customer.

The Star of Excellence Awards are presented annually to employees who represent the department’s values of service, performance, and integrity. The recipients represent a variety of organizational positions, spanning from highway maintenance and driver and vehicle services workers, to traffic control specialists, communications staff, and design and engineering specialists.

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