PennDOT Honors Star of Excellence Recipient in Schuylkill County

PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards today recognized 25 PennDOT employees for their outstanding performance with the Star of Excellence Award, PennDOT’s highest recognition. Three employees from PennDOT’s District 5, which represents Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, and Schuylkill counties, were among the honorees.

“The Star of Excellence award illustrates that these employees, through their dedication, innovation and energy, keep our agency in the forefront of customer service,” Richards said. “We estimate that this group of exemplary employees has saved taxpayers roughly $6 million through their efforts.”

Local winners Gary Farabaugh, Edward Sadusky, and Ronald Young were honored this afternoon at an awards luncheon at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg.

“Gary, Edward, and Ron do amazing work and are deserving of this honor,” District Executive Michael W. Rebert said. “We are fortunate to have them as part of the PennDOT team.”

Gary Farabaugh is a Transportation Construction Manager with 22 years of service. Gary is responsible to manage complex construction projects of District 5’s construction program. Gary has managed nearly $53 million in construction projects in past three years. He takes his role as a manager very seriously and endeavors to provide the Department with the best possible
product while staying within budget restraints. Gary’s strict adherence to the contract requirements and special provisions produces high quality work that meets the needs of the Department. Gary has played an important role in successfully delivering quality construction projects on time and within

Edward Sadusky is a Highway Foreman with Schuylkill County Maintenance. He has been with the department for 33 years. Edward has developed numerous methods for saving time and money for in his role as the Bridge Foreman. The innovative systems he has devised for bridge preparation and the shoring up of piers and abutments have reduced work times and made the work safer for the crews.
His efforts have kept roads open and helped to avoid weight limit postings on bridges.

Ronald J. Young, Jr. is District 5’s Community Relations Coordinator. As the department’s media, public and lawmaker primary point of contact in the district, Ron tells the department’s story in how we keep people moving and improve their quality of life. He is on the front lines of questions,
criticisms and accolades in these efforts, including around-the-clock accessibility.

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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