Re: WisDOT Now Split Into Five "Regions"
- From: "Bob S" <rspoerl@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 28 Jul 2005 06:45:51 -0700
Rick Powell wrote:
> This is the same thing as happened in IL, where there were once 9
> districts, which were merged into 5 regions. The Schaumburg (Chicago)
> Region 1 remained the same as District 1, while Districts 2-3 were
> combined into Region 2, Districts 4-5 were combined into Region 3,
> Districts 6-7 were combined into Region 4, and Districts 8-9 were
> combined into Region 5. As with WI, IDOT did not close any of the
> district offices, and the Regional Engineer travels between district
> offices in the downstate districts. There were several county shifts
> between districts as a result of the move.
> IDOT is now down to about 5,800 full time employees in a state of about
> 12 million people, where I can remember staffing levels of over 7,000
> just a few years ago and somewhere around 10,000 back in the day. Many
> of the employees were lost in an Early Retirement scheme in 2002 where
> about 12,000 employees left the total state workforce, and few were
> replaced. How did WisDOT's workforce level fare in the reorganization?
WisDOT has about 3600 permanent employees. That number has been going
down for years as vacant positions have been left unfilled. Two years
ago, the 1st round eliminated 300+ mostly vacant positions. This time
365 positions were designated to be eliminated but ended up being 236.
Of the original 365, 77 of those were engineering positions despite
being 18% cheaper than consultants. The WisDOT Secretary got in
trouble for suppressing a report that supported this fact. It seemed
they were more interested in eliminating positions regardless of
whether it was cost effective or not. They backed off when the issue
hit the press and resulted in negative publicity. Most of the cuts
ended up being in Admin and support services, particularly in the
region offices. Strangely, all people in management eliminated
positions found soft landings in other management positions, some newly
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