HONESDALE – During Thursday's meeting of the Wayne County Commissioners, several employees were recognized for having 35 plus years of service to the county.

Among the individuals recognized were:

• Patricia Mohn-46 years

• John Nolan-42 years

• Andrea Whyte-41 years

• Martin Bishop-39 years

• Martin Hedgelon-37 years

• Deborah Fritz-35 years

• Lynn Johannes-35 years

• Juliann Doyle-35 years

• Marie McDonnell-35 years

“I want to take a moment to say that 35 plus years of service is really commendable for anyone anywhere,” said Chairman Brian Smith. “You have worked in public service for the county and you've done so many things for the public.

“You certainly deserve the recognition. I'm very proud to have you as employees and to recognize your service, so thank you.”

Commissioner Jonathan Fritz said there's a way of conducting business and treating people in Wayne County that isn't consistent in other places.

Some examples he used were being genuinely friendly, having genuine concern, wanting to help people and wanted to reach out to people.

“The folks such as yourself who have carried that torch and made that the standard in Wayne County, that is truly commendable,” he said. “Thank you very much. As a commissioner I'm very proud to be part of that team.”

Commissioner Wendall Kay said many times their continued employment in the county or public atmosphere is indicative of their dedication to other people.

“There are certainly opportunities that I'm sure all of you have had over the years to take private employment or outside employment, but you had that sense of community and that sense of dedication to other people that directed you towards public service,” he stated. “I find that to be remarkable. I want to thank you not only for working for the citizens of Wayne County but also for being an example to the rest of us.”

The employees then took turns expressing their reasons behind workig for the county.

“There's never been a day I didn't enjoy coming to work,” said Whyte. “It's consuming at times, but it's rewarding. I want to thank the county for the chance to feel a sense of belonging within the courthouse and the community.”

Hedgelon said he can't think of anywhere else he'd want to be.

“It's a great place to work,” he stated. “We have a great board of commissioners.”

Johannes agreed, saying she's very fortunate to have the job she has.

“Thank you for the opportunity to work here,” said McDonnell. “I learn a lot from my co-workers.”

She added if you're having fun, it doesn't feel like work.

Doyle stated it's nice to go to work and not feel like “what am I doing here?”

“It's been a great 35 years,” she said.

Nolan gave credit to those he's worked with over the years.

“They make coming to work easier,” he said.

“I've worked with everyone here [being recognized],” said Mohn. “We're here for the benefit of the county. It's nice to see where we'll go next.”

Deborah Fritz said she's enjoyed her years with the county.

“I love my job and coworkers,” she stated. “The commissioners are always kind and helpful.”