Celebrate SDOT Workers: Part 4—Terry Denton

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. In honor of the holiday and our hard working employees, we are using the next few Fridays to blog about them. Today we are blogging about Terry Denton, Information Technology Systems and Application Support Analyst. Impressive title!

We found Denton himself equally impressive. When Denton was younger he spent two years in Bolivia working as a cook in an orphanage. He still loves to cook and one of his favorite things to do now is to try and recreate restaurant dishes at home. He started with SDOT at age 27 as a short-term contractor. Ultimately he applied for and was offered a full time position in the Information Technology (IT) division of SDOT. His current role is to provide the department with technical applications support; management of printing systems and data storage; and communicating with staff when changes are coming. Making sure IT systems work and that employees are aware of any planned outages is not just critical to staff, but to community members who rely on SDOT to resolve problems, issue permits, and manage work orders.  You might be interested to know that SDOT uses over 150 different computer applications and programs.  Denton is involved in helping to support all of them in some way.

Denton’s favorite part of the job is that no two days are the same and there are always new challenges to overcome. He also appreciates the job mentoring and training opportunities that have enabled him to go from a job he enjoyed to a career that he loves. If you’ve been reading past articles on SDOT employees including Cliserio Bonilla, David Leask and Theresa Smith, you’re probably ready to learn what song Denton would choose to sing during Karaoke. The answer is, “anything from the Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack!”

Thanks for your hard work, Terry Denton!