Pennsylvania Department of Transportation secretary Leslie S. Richards recently recognized 30 PennDOT employees for their outstanding performance with the Star of Excellence Award, PennDOT’s highest recognition.

An employee from PennDOT’s District 3, which represents Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga and Union counties, was among the honorees.

Local winner Crista Dailey was honored at an awards luncheon at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg.

“Crista is an outstanding employee who exemplifies PennDOT’s values,” said district executive Sandra Tosca, P.E. “Her commitment to excellence is evident in all she does. We are proud and fortunate to have her as part of our team.”

District 3 human resources officer Dailey showed leadership during a five-year span when the HR Unit was shorthanded yet continued to provide outstanding customer service.

Dailey works to ensure labor agreements benefit the department, and personnel issues are handled quickly and fairly. Her team is focused on recruiting outreach at job fairs, local Career Links and schools.

They continually seek new ways to improve safety and promote the department’s 24/7 safety culture. She has been pivotal in retaining many district-wide crew agreements, such as the regional seal coat and paving crews. This allowed the district to maintain lower equipment inventory and provide cost effective, efficient and high-quality operations.

County maintenance managers recognize Dailey for the assistance she provides on a wide range of challenging issues. She has shown strength and compassion when dealing with injured employees and an employee fatality.

The Star of Excellence Awards are presented annually to employees who represent the department’s values of service, performance and integrity.

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