October 17, 2017
There’s an important question we ask anyone that applies for a driver’s license or ID card – would you like to become an organ and tissue donor? Although many people don’t realize it, driver’s license and ID card applications are the number one way people become donors. In Iowa, 95 percent of the people on the organ and tissue donor list signed up through the Iowa DOT. The employees in our driver and identification service centers, including the county treasurer’s offices that offer driver and identification services, play an invaluable role in increasing the number of registered organ, eye, and tissue donors.
During National DMV Celebration week, Sept. 25-29, Iowa Donor Network volunteers stopped by several Iowa DOT service centers and county treasurer’s offices to say thank you for the partnership and commitment to asking the donation question to their customers every day, helping to save and heal lives through organ, eye, and tissue donation.
A new system in use beginning this summer at the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Grimes garage is empowering employees to take charge of daily work projects to more efficiently complete the tasks at hand.
The Grimes location is one the Iowa DOT’s largest garages, currently staffed with 28 full-time employees and four temporary employees. As a large metropolitan shop, there are often two or three different crews going out each day to perform a variety of maintenance tasks., including edge rutting, bump milling, or setting sign posts.
Highway Maintenance Supervisor Jim Scott and Garage Operations Assistant Rob Thies are both strong believers in developing leaders among their team. There are three highway technicians and three equipment operator seniors who could be in charge of an operation on any given day. Scott said, “With all the things going on in our shop, Rob and I can’t be everywhere. We have great people on our team and we want to do everything we can to help them succeed and develop their skills.”