The Communications Division is responsible for disseminating information to NDDOT stakeholders: primarily to the general public; to local governments, civic groups, and other legislative bodies; and to its employees. NDDOT communicates with the public through public meetings and public hearings; letters to the editor and newspaper columns; appearances on local TV and radio talk shows; media interviews; ads and notices in newspapers; presentations to various civic and local government groups; news releases on key issues and events of public interest; articles and topic papers; speeches; and videos. Working with department divisions and districts, the Communication Division plays a large part in all these activities.
The Division creates and maintains relationships with media across the state. With this type of relationship, the department is better able to communicate both ongoing and time-sensitive messages to the public through the media.
The communication staff facilitates multidirectional communication between employees, managers, and executives through a number of channels, including a weekly online employee newsletter, “The Grapevine.” The office also assists employees in creating messages about critical issues for dissemination by other means, such as memos or letters or presentations at staff meetings.
The Legal Division provides general counsel legal services and advice concerning day-to-day operations of the Department and assures Department compliance with state and federal constitutions, laws, administrative rules, and regulations.
The Legal Division coordinates pending and ongoing litigation for the Department.
The Legal Division is responsible for monitoring and analyzing bills during the legislative session. Legal Division also assists the Department with drafting legislation and promulgating administrative rules and regulations.
The Legal Division is responsible for providing hearing officers for administrative hearings for the Department. The hearing officers process and conduct Drivers License and Motor Vehicle Divisions’ administrative hearings.
The Legal Division provides contract development, negotiation, drafting, and administration assistance.
The Legal Division functions as a resource for units of local government.