Today’s featured Colorado state employee is Marie Bordeaux. A self-described “office mom,” Marie is making the Northglenn Drivers License Office a little more welcoming for her clients and her co-workers.
Making a Difference for Colorado Drivers
Like so many state employees, Marie is passionate about her job. She has been working for the state for about 13 years and is a driver’s license technician at the Northglenn Drivers License Office.
Her favorite part of the job is “meeting new people and working to be the best I can be at what I do,” Marie said in a telephone interview.
What Marie does is pretty important too.
Colorado has more than 4.1 million licensed drivers. License technicians like Marie ensure that the people who share the roads with us are qualified, capable, and safe to be behind the wheel.
“We have to make sure that they have everything they need to issue that license,” Marie said. “We have to make sure they are who they say there are. There’s been people who’ve come in with fraudulent documents. It’s important that we do a thorough job.”
It can be serious work, but Marie tries to make the process of getting a license as easy as possible.
“We have a lot of out-of-state people who come in and it’s important to make them feel welcome,” she said. “It’s a vital service.”
Spend some time talking with Marie and it’s easy to see how much she cares about her co-workers — many of whom are just beginning their careers.
“She’s like our work mom who really cares about everyone,” wrote coworker Megan Todd, who nominated Marie for an online shout-out. “She does everything she can to make someone feel appreciated.”
Marie embraces the label. As an experienced employee, she acts as a mentor and helps new employees learn the ropes. To make sure co-workers feel appreciated, she also organizes potlucks for employee birthdays.
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