Date: September 16, 2002 Contact: Laura Kiernan
Court Information Officer
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CONCORD---Kellie A. Otis, supervisor of the criminal and administrative departments at Merrimack County Superior Court, will receive a Spirit of the Judiciary Award September 17th from Chief Justice David A. Brock.

Otis, who has worked in Merrimack Superior for 15 years, was nominated by court clerk William S. McGraw who said her unflappable "can do" attitude is a positive example for her co-workers.

"To Kellie, no problem is unsolvable, no challenge too great," McGraw said.

Chief Justice Brock established the Spirit of the Judiciary Award in December 1999 to recognize Judicial Branch employees who exemplify a commitment to public service and the administration of justice.

"Our employees make it possible for us to provide the citizens of New Hampshire with the best possible court system, sometimes under very difficult circumstances," Chief Justice Brock said.

"We want Kellie, and all of our employees, to know how much we appreciate their hard work and dedication," the Chief Justice said.

Chief Justice Brock will present the award to Otis during a noontime ceremony in the Merrimack County courthouse, followed by a brief reception for her fellow employees and others who have worked with her. Chief Justice Walter L. Murphy of the Superior Court will attend.

Otis, who lives in Penacook with her husband Richard and two children, began her career with the court system when she was a student at Merrimack Valley High School, working part-time as an assistant clerk. She began working fulltime as a court assistant in the criminal division in June 1987.

Family ties may account for her long and ongoing commitment to working in the court system, Otis said. Her father, James Moran, Sr. retired from the Concord Police Department after 20 years of service and her mother, Sharon Shurtleff, is currently the deputy clerk at Concord District Court

"I really enjoy my work," Otis said.