This month’s #IAMKDOT feature is Gelene Savage. Gelene is the Managing Attorney for KDOT’s Office of Chief Counsel. Gelene began her career with KDOT as a Law Clerk while still in law school in 1991. She was hired as a Staff Attorney after passing the bar exam in 1992, and has been with the agency for 26 years.
She has served as OCC’s main Litigation Attorney for several years, defending lawsuits of every nature brought against the agency. Gelene is well-known throughout KDOT for presentations she makes on safety, risk management and other topics of interest to employees in the Districts. She makes it a point to stop at any nearby Subarea or Area offices whether she is travelling on agency or personal business.
Gelene is well-respected by judges and other lawyers throughout the state for her professionalism in the defense of KDOT. She is very proud to tell other counsel, “I am KDOT,” so it is fitting that she was nominated by her co-workers for the #IAMKDOT campaign. A graduate of Kansas State University, Gelene is a Wildcats football fan, particularly during the last four years when her nephew, Logan, played for the Wildcats. She is “Aunt Genie” to many nieces and nephews. When not at work, Gelene also enjoys gardening.
#IAMKDOT is an illustration project that recognizes KDOT employees who work hard to keep Kansans moving. This series also serves as a reminder for travelers to slow down and remember that underneath those neon vests are individuals with families, friends and hobbies waiting for them at home.
Do you know a KDOT worker that deserves recognition? Nominations are open! Email Mallory.Goeke@KS.gov today to get started!