Derry Town Council recognizes 15 municipal employees who have served at least 25 years

Union Leader Correspondent
September 21. 2017 1:28AM
Fifteen employees for the town of Derry were recognized Tuesday night for their years of service. Ten of those employees were present to accept their service plaque. (CHRIS GAROFOLO/UNION LEADER Correspondent)

DERRY — The Derry Town Council on Tuesday recognized 15 municipal employees who have served 25 years or more.

Council Chairman Joshua Bourdon said the idea came after Derry honored Police Chief Edward Garone, who celebrated his 50th year with the department in 2014.

Bourdon said he hopes the town makes it a tradition to celebrate the hard-working employees in Derry every time they hit a five-year mark of service.

During the council meeting, the following individuals were presented with a plaque for their longevity:

Taylor Library Director Linda Merrill; transfer station recycling coordinator Joan Hamel; and engineering coordinator Mark L’Heureux with the Department of Public Works all hit 25 years with the town in the spring of 2016.

Nine employees were recognized for 30 years, including DPW executive secretary Sharon Jensen, Assistant Fire Chief Scott Jackson, Deputy DPW Director Thomas Carrier, highway equipment operator Richard Schofield, Fire Battalion Chief John Webb, code enforcement secretary Virginia Rioux, code enforcement director Robert Mackey, payroll and benefits administrator Robert McCarthy and John Muise, who spent 28 years with the Derry Police Department before shifting to the DPW.

Two police captains, George Feole and Vernon Thomas, and fire Lt. Richard Houle have recently celebrated 35 years with the town.

Bourdon said retaining quality employees is no easy feat and praised the work of the 15 honored on Tuesday.

“I, for one, and I know everyone up here, is grateful to have such a long list of employees with 25 years of service to recognize,” he said. “These 15 employees … are a huge reason why Derry offers exceptional service to its citizens.”

Bourdon also hailed the Sept. 16 Derryfest as the best in the town’s history.

Shortly after acknowledging the 15 service employees, he paid tribute to all the volunteers for another successful year of the town’s annual late-summer shindig.

“(Organizers) sold out every booth, which was represented by our police and fire departments, our spiritual congregations, nonprofits and some of the best businesses in the private sector,” Bourdon said.

“Most importantly you brought together many of our children and parents, and they all had a great time.”

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