March 8, 2001   Contact: Laura Kiernan
   Public Information Officer
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CONCORD--Chief Justice David A. Brock announced today that Dorothy L. Palmer, of Ossipee, N.H., the senior deputy register of probate in Carroll County, is the February winner of the Spirit of the Judiciary Award.

Palmer’s reliability, good advice and sense of humor are a vital part of the team spirit within the probate office, said Probate Register Gail Monet. "Dottie is kind of the glue that keeps us together," said Monet. On days when "you’ve have had it," Monet said, Palmer is a "stabilizing force" helping everyone to balance the ups and downs.

"She has that calming effect on us," said Monet who joined with deputy register Jacqueline K. Carroll in nominating Palmer for recognition.

Palmer, who has worked in the probate office for 10 years, said she was "shocked" to win the award. A certificate will be presented to her March 14 during a ceremony at the Supreme Court, attended by all the justices.

"I’m just a little country girl born and raised here in town so it’s quite an honor for me," Palmer said.

She said people appreciate the team spirit and relaxed atmosphere in the Carroll County register’s office, especially because probate matters--estate work following a death, guardianships and adoptions--can be very emotional issues.

"People call and come in and thank us for what assistance we have been able to give them," Palmer said. "That’s quite rewarding."

Chief Justice Brock established the Spirit of the Judiciary Award in December 1999 to recognize examples of outstanding public service within the Judicial Branch.

"These devoted employees, and so many more in courthouses throughout the state, are the ones to make the justice system work day after day," Brock said. "This award is just one way to express our thanks," the Chief Justice added.