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Office of Human Resources
The DOT Human Resources Division is committed and dedicated to providing quality services in a professional and consistent manner to the employees of the Department of Transportation and to the public, working strategically with diverse communities in identifying and responding to our changing needs, and to promoting a workplace of mutual respect.
Office of Human Resources – Brenda L. Abele
Provides overall direction for all Department Human Resources policies and programs, including labor relations, personnel transaction procedures and activities and the Department’s Employee Assistance Program, Safety, and Training Divisions.
Labor Relations/District Liaison – Wanda N. Seldon
Responsible for all Labor Relations activities including contract interpretation, disciplines, grievances, hearings, arbitrations and labor management. Also responsible for coordinating Human Resources activities for the Districts, including selection and recruitment; benefits and salary administration; staffing and classification; compliance with regulations, statutes and laws; and other related activities. Acts as liaison on Human Resources matters with the Office of Policy and Management, Office of Labor Relations, other State agencies, and employee unions.
Human Resources Liaisons – Jackie Ouellette, Maribel Flores, Diane Tyc, Ann Januszewski, Michele Joyce, Jackie Ciampi, and Jennifer Brame
Responsible for coordinating Human Resources activities for all bureaus in the Department including selection, benefits and salary administration, staffing and classification, compliance with regulations, statutes and laws, and other related activities. Acts as liaison with Department of Administrative Services Human Resources Business Center, other State agencies, and employee unions.
Payroll/Records Management – Cheryl Starosz
Responsible for the coordination and issuance of all Department employee compensation and health benefits. Responsible for the administration of all records systems including file maintenance and CORE-CT to ensure appropriate tracking and documentation of all personnel transactions including retirement, worker’s compensation, leave balances/accruals, appointment, separation, and liaison with the Department’s Payroll Unit, Office of the Comptroller, the Department of Administrative Services, other State agencies and employee unions.
Safety – James F. Ritter
Responsible for coordinating the application of current CONN OSHA regulations; performs accident and injury investigations to determine cause and to assist in the prevention of similar incidents in the future; conducts facility safety inspections to ensure compliance with all federal, State, and local health and safety standards; advises managers and supervisors on the implementation and enforcement of current health and safety standards; develops and implements Department-wide safety policies; tracking workers’ compensation to determine trends; and developing educational and training programs for employees on a wide variety of health and safety issues. Monitors Employee Health and Safety Initiatives, coordinates/manages employee clinic, and directs Departmental First Aide/Medical Responders.
Recruitment Specialist – vacant
Responsible for Department activities related to recruitment including outreach to higher education organizations, community resources, and other State agencies to broaden our applicant pools. Works closely with all Bureau designees and the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity to develop effective recruitment programs.
EAP Services – The Lexington Group
Provide EAP services for Department employees and family members. Advises supervisors and managers on EAP issues.