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County employees receive top honors at annual conference

FELLOW COMMISSIONERS David Sorenson (left) and Dorothy Solomon (center) present the NH County Commissioner of the Year award to Commissioner Chip Albee. (Mellisa Ferland photo) (click for larger version)
November 04, 2010
OSSIPEE — Three county employees and one commissioner were awarded top honors at New Hampshire Association of Counties Annual Conference held last week at Mt. Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods. At the weekly Carroll County Commissioners' meeting Oct. 27, Commissioner David Sorenson took time to publicly congratulate the four and read the speeches he gave to the crowd at the conference banquet.

Keith Brown, dispatcher, received the NH County Sheriff Employee of the Year. "Keith Brown has worked for the Carroll County Sheriff's Office for 11 years and for 31 years worked for the Ossipee Fire Department. He has lived in the county all his life and knows his way around. Being in the Dispatch Office he helps new employees with advice and guidance which he is eager to share. He has received numerous compliments from civilians, deputies, law enforcement, local fire departments and EMS personnel. As a result of his professionalism, Sheriff Conley and (Deputy) Sheriff Hebert have written letters of commendation for his outstanding work as a dispatcher. He is a good leader under pressure and very knowledgeable in his position," said Sorenson.

Mary Thurston, dietary technician, received the NH County Nursing Home Employee of the Year. "This individual started work at Mountain View Nursing Home on June 11, 1973. That is 37 years ago. First hired as a "Yellow Bird," which was a non-certified nursing aide, Mary moved into a dietary position and excelled in food services, working as a food preparer and server. In the mid-1990's she took a correspondence course for Certified Dietary Manager and upon completion of a national certification course became a Certified Dietary Manager. Over the years Mary's responsibilities have grown and evolved into her current position as Diet Technician. Mary is a people person, always cheerful and dedicated to making our resident's meals the best they can be. She continues to set a great example for every employee at Mountain View Nursing Home," said Sorenson.

Michael Fowler, captain, received the NH County Correctional Employee of the Year. "…goes to an individual who was hired in September 2005 as a part-time officer to fill-in for an officer attending the academy. In February 2006 he was hired full-time. He was promoted to corporal as a result of his leadership ability and as a team player. He was eager to take on additional assignments and through demonstrated leadership was promoted to second-in-command of Carroll County House of Corrections. He is always thinking of the big picture when making decisions. He provides guidance to all staff and encourages their development. This past year he graduated from the third class of the National Jail Leadership Command Academy held in Hunstville, Texas," said Sorenson.

County Commissioner Chip Albee received the NH County Commissioner of the Year. "it is not often that we recommend a first timer to receive the commissioner of the year award. But this individual has done an outstanding job in all aspects of being a county commissioner. He specializes in economics and is first to question department heads as to their cost analysis. He was given the task to oversee the construction of our $23 million nursing home which he has done and continues to do an in an outstanding manner. It is not unusual to see Chip at least four days a week driving his Mini Cooper around the complex, assisting as needed with many problem solving activities, lending his support, providing guidance and asking tough questions. Status quo is not in his vocabulary. He continues to ask department heads to think outside the box but with Chip there is no box," said Sorenson.

Despite his accomplishments, Albee was defeated by Republican challenger Asha Kenney in the Nov. 2 election.

Next year's county conference will be hosted by Carroll County and will be held in October at North Conway Grand Hotel.

Varney Smith
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