PennDOT Honors Star of Excellence Recipients

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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Yassmin Gramian, P.E. today recognized 29 PennDOT employees for their outstanding performance with the Star of Excellence Award, PennDOT’s highest recognition.  Two employees from PennDOT’s District 4-0, which represents Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Wyoming counties were among the honorees.

“These employees exemplify the care and concern needed to serve the state of Pennsylvania,” Gramian said. “Each puts effective and efficient transportation services at the top of their list daily, while demonstrating a strong commitment to the agency and roughly 12 million state residents.” 

Gramian and other department executives honored winners Susan Williams and Leo Charney during an online ceremony.

“We are pleased to recognize Susan Williams and Leo Charney as District 4-0’s Star of Excellence recipients. They are great examples of Penn DOT’s commitment to the citizens of Pennsylvania. Dedication to their team, attention to detail and fiscal responsibility are just a few reasons we are proud of Susan and Leo. We are looking forward to another successful year of projects in District 4-0 because of their hard work,” said Richard N. Roman, P.E., PennDOT Engineering District 4-0 District Executive.

Ms. Williams is a Senior Project Manager in District 4-0’s Design Division and assists Consultant Designers prepare and coordinate design packages to be let by the Department. Ms. Williams currently is managing 25 projects including large complex projects on the interstate. The experience Ms. Williams holds resulted in cost savings on numerous accounts. In 2019 alone, Ms. Williams saved the District $128,000. 

Mr. Charney has 35 years of Design and Construction experience with the Department. 

Mr. Charney’s position as a Structural Control Engineer is a highly specialized position that takes a tremendous amount of education and field experience. Because of his thoroughness, designers, contractors and the traveling public are provided with a high level of confidence knowing that safety is his utmost priority when reviewing structural submissions. Each year, Mr. Charney’s cost savings total $75,000 due to his experience and efficiency.

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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