Date: May 27, 2003 Contact: Laura Kiernan
Court Information Officer
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CONCORD—Chief Justice David A. Brock announced today that Kimberly P. Wyman, who has supervised the criminal department at Cheshire County Superior Court for 13 years, has been selected to receive a Spirit of the Judiciary Award for her outstanding public service.

In nominating her for the award, clerk Barbara A. Hogan said Wyman "exemplifies the spirit of the judiciary in her work ethic, citizenship, sense of humor and family values."

Chief Justice Brock will present the award to Wyman at a ceremony at the Cheshire County Superior Court on May 28 at 12 noon, followed by a brief reception. Associate Supreme Court Justice James E. Duggan, Chief Justice Walter L. Murphy of the Superior Court and Cheshire County Superior Court Judges John P. Arnold and David B. Sullivan also plan to attend.

The Spirit of the Judiciary Award program, now in its fourth year, was established by Chief Justice Brock to recognize court employees who have consistently demonstrated their commitment to the administration of justice through their reliability, positive attitude and dedication to their co-workers.

"Kim is a true team player," court clerk Hogan said. She said Wyman is always willing to assist other departments when needed which has proved to be "invaluable" during a time of staff shortages.

Cheshire County Superior Court is holding two of nine court staff positions vacant because budgetary constraints throughout the court system required a hiring freeze.

Wyman said the staff shortage means everyone else pitches in. "Even when your job is done, it’s a matter of looking around and seeing what you can do for the other person to make their job easier," she said.

As supervisor of the criminal department, Wyman schedules cases, works with local attorneys and members of the public, oversees case files and arranges for transportation of prisoners in and out of the courthouse. In 2001, Wyman initiated an effort to examine and remove documents, exhibits and equipment that had accumulated in the Cheshire Superior Court over a period of years.

"It was a dirty and time-consuming task requiring research, muscle and many days of hard work," clerk Hogan said. "Completing the project improved the space in which we all work," she said.

Wyman, who lives in Chesterfield, N.H. with her husband Leon and 16-year-old grandson Will, worked in the banking industry before joining the New Hampshire court system in 1988. She began her career as a part-time court assistant in Sullivan County Probate Court and then transferred after seven months to Cheshire Superior.

"I love what I do here," Wyman said. "It’s the human aspect that I really find interesting."

In addition to her responsibilities in the court system, Wyman is active in many civic and community affairs and on nights and weekends, she has been studying to be a nurse, which she says has been a lifelong goal.