LACONIA — Honored as "Employee of the Year" at the annual Christmas luncheon for city personnel and volunteers yesterday, Gail Denio, who administers the city's payroll from the Finance Department, admitted she is popular among her colleagues — "on Fridays."
Denio has lived in the city for the past 38 years and and worked at City Hall for the last 17. In presenting the award, City Manager Scott Myers said that "she has worn many hats," always with a professional demeanor and helpful and friendly manner.
She started in personnel then moved to finance, where she managed accounts payable before administering payroll.
"I appreciate the award," Denio, said. "It is especially nice that people thought enough of me to nominate me for it." She stressed that that she could not have earned it without the help and cooperation of her fellow employees. "I am very grateful for what they do to make my job easier," she said, explaining that she relied on members of other departments to provide her with the information she needs to cut the paychecks on time.
Apart from her job, Denio also serves on the Planning Board. The City Charter provides for the city manager to appoint one administrative official to the board. Denio is serving her second term and said she has enjoyed contributing to the life of the community.
More than two dozen employees who have served the city for five years or more were also recognized for their length of service, topped by Director of Public Works Paul Moynihan, who has been with the city for 35 years. Captain Bill Clary and Lori Marsh of the Police Department celebrated a quarter of a century of service and Robin Moyer of the Police Department and Joan Bernett of the Water Department two decades of service.