Robert A. Kretschmer, P.E., traffic engineer for PennDOT's
northeastern District 4, was recently awarded the 2019 Charles M. Mattei Award by the district. The award honors an employee with at least 10 years of service with PennDOT, who participates in PennDOT as a whole, is involved in the community, and goes above and beyond the normal job description.
Before he was promoted to Permit Engineer, Kretschmer worked in a position that aided ongoing projects. He was part of the implementation for the new Electronic Permitting System (EPS) for occupancy permits, where he set up training sessions for utility companies and engineering firms to create an easier transition to the new system.
In his current role, Kretschmer has been challenged with many tasks related to customer care, seasoned engineers, and property owners who were unaware of the requirement for a Highway Occupancy Permit. He continues to educate engineers on how to perform their tasks and provides regulations to property owners when issues arise.
When not at work, Kretschmer participates in many activities. He was the president of the Honesdale Area Jaycee's Club, a member of his local Lions Club, and coach for the Honesdale Soccer Club. He recently had the opportunity to coach his son's basketball team. Kretschmer also participated in the pack committee for the Cub Scouts and took part in coffee break events at PennDOT rest areas.
His colleagues describe Kretschmer as a hard worker. He continues to shine through his outstanding work and educate himself on positions he is given so he can excel in his work performance.
Pictured above: Acting District 4 Executive Rich Roman, left, stands with Robert Kretschmer, who was given the district's 2019 Charles M. Mattei Award.