Ellsworth court clerk wins service award

Posted Nov. 30, 2009, at 10:50 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:53 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court has announced the recipients of this year’s annual awards to employees of the judiciary branch.

Terry Harding, of Lamoine, was one of four court clerks around the state to receive the Special Service Award. The award is given to that person who consistently “contributes above and beyond expected job responsibilities to further the Judicial Branch mission,” according to a press release announcing the awards, presented at a ceremony last month in Augusta.

Harding, who has worked for the judiciary since 1987, is a clerk in the consolidated Superior and District court clerk’s office in Ellsworth. She was singled out for her dedication and hard work, according to Saufley, in a year when experienced clerks retired and vacancies could not be filled because of budget cuts.

“Terry is recognized as a tireless worker who, without fail, carries out her duties with respect, kindness, and thoroughness, notwithstanding the vacancies in her office,” the chief justice said in the press release. “This year was an extraordinary year for Ellsworth, and Terry did yeoman’s work in serving the public.”

Other winners of the Special Service Award were: Melanie Adams, of Skowhegan, clerk of the Skowhegan District Court; Anita Alexander, of Phippsburg, clerk of the consolidated Sagadahoc County Superior and West Bath District Court clerks’ offices and acting clerk of the Lincoln County Superior and Wiscasset District clerks office; and Andre Frechette III, of Lewiston, associate clerk of the Business and Consumer docket in West Bath District Court.

Diane McLaughlin, of Skowhegan, administrative clerk in the Waterville District Court, was awarded the Career Performance Award for 2009. The award is given to that person who consistently contributes above and beyond expected job responsibilities to further the judicial branch mission, according to a press release.

McLaughlin has worked for the judicial branch for 27 years.

Kristen Skorpen, of Woolwich, was named the Maine Judicial Branch Employee of the Year for 2009. She serves as family division resource coordinator and has been an employee of the judicial branch for seven years.

In making the awards, Saufley noted in a press release that this was a particularly difficult year to choose winners.

“Due to budget cuts, including pay cuts and rising vacancies, at the same time that we have an increasing caseload, we have asked all our employees to work harder for less pay,” the chief justice said. “And so I am grateful to all of the branch employees, who have all pulled together in this extraordinary time.”

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