Two Local Men Honored by PennDOT

| May 18, 2017

James JonesOIL CITY, Pa. (EYT)  – Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Leslie S. Richards recognized 30 PennDOT employees Wednesday for their outstanding performance with the Star of Excellence Award, PennDOT’s highest recognition.

Two employees from PennDOT’s District 1, which represents Crawford, Erie, Forest, Mercer, Venango and Warren counties, were among the honorees.

“The Star of Excellence award illustrates that these employees take to heart our mission of providing the most effective and efficient transportation services for the roughly 12 million people of Pennsylvania,” Richards said. “They demonstrate a strong culture of service and caring that makes a big difference for the people of Pennsylvania.”

Local winners Darrell Chapman and James Jones, pictured above, were honored this afternoon at an awards luncheon at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg.

“Darrell and Jimmy earned this award through their hard work, dedication, and commitment to delivering the high-quality service our customers expect,” said District Executive William G. Petit. “We, in District 1, are proud of them. I join their coworkers, family and friends in congratulating Darrell and Jimmy on this well-deserved honor.”

Chapman, pictured below, has served as the senior maintenance manager for PennDOT’s Mercer County Maintenance Office since January 2016.

darrell chapman

Leading by example, Chapman’s focus on doing the right thing and treating people with integrity and honesty quickly earned the respect of his new team.

In the summer of 2015, Chapman served on a task force that helped overhaul the maintenance operations in District 6, PennDOT’s Philadelphia region.

As Mercer County manager, Chapman revamped the county’s planning process – emphasizing cyclic preventive maintenance and fact-based systems to plan and budget road improvements.

Mercer County continues to boast some of the smoothest roads in the state, and the county is so efficient at seal coat work that it saved 1,190 man hours on those operations.

Jones was formerly the transportation technician in charge of the print room at PennDOT District 1 offices in Oil City, and has been promoted to highway drafter.

As District 1 print room operator, Jones built excellent working relationships with customers, stakeholders and employees, providing fast and accurate responses to inquiries and requests.

He organized the print room to improve operator safety, and in the process improved efficiency – minimizing repetitive actions and reducing unnecessary moving of heavy boxes.

In 2016, Jones processed 793 right-of-way requests, a significant increase over the 500 to 600 requests processed in 2014 and 2015. Such requests can take one to two hours each, but Jones able to complete them and his other print-room duties with no projects delayed.

Jones saved District 1 an estimated $15,000 to $30,000 over the cost of having right-of-way requests performed by design consultants.

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.

For more information on PennDOT District 1 and its activities visit

Follow local PennDOT information on Twitter at

Copyright © 2018 EYT Media Group, Inc. All rights reserved. Any copying, redistribution or retransmission of the contents of this service without the express written consent of EYT Media Group, Inc. is expressly prohibited.

Category: Local News, News