2010-06-03 / Local & State

PennDOT Honors Star Of Excellence Recipients

Agency recognizes 27 employees across the commonwealth

PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E., announced last week that 27 employees received a Star of Excellence Award, including two from District 9.

Brian Ayers and Randy Barrick were honored at an awards luncheon at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg.

“It’s an honor to have such outstanding employees in District 9. Both of these employees show a great amount of leadership and a great desire to make the department the best it can be while keeping the environment and cost-saving measures in mind.” stated Thomas A. Prestash, P.E., district executive for District 9-0.

Randy S. Barrick, highway equipment manager 1 in Fulton County, embodies the “lead by example” philosophy by promoting a safe and healthy work environment while optimizing productivity. He has made green initiatives a part of the county’s daily operations. Working with limited funds, Barrick has saved hundreds of thousands of dollars by salvaging, retrofitting and resurrecting various pieces of equipment in Fulton County. Barrick performs assistant county maintenance managers’ duties in their absence and is considered the go-to contact for numerous taskforces and problemsolving efforts.

Brian L. Ayers, senior civil engineer supervisor, became the chief negotiator for the District 9 Right of Way Department in 2007. Since he entered the position, no lettings or notices to proceed were delayed because of right-of-way clearance. This efficiency came even when the district had a record number of projects in 2008 and 2009. He has modified processes and saved the district thousands of dollars in project costs annually. Ayers has a very positive attitude and ensures the district meets all of its project commitments.

“Each of these individuals is extremely dedicated to the mission to provide a firstrate transportation system,” Biehler said. “They have found ways to do their jobs more efficiently and with excellent quality, despite staffing and fiscal constraints. We are so lucky and thankful to have them as members of the PennDOT team.”

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, from highway maintenance workers and programming specialists to communications staff and engineering supervisors.

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