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Dalrymple repeats as city employee of the year

City clerk, others honored at annual banquet

About three years before the city started formally honoring City of Gothenburg employees of the year, Connie Dalrymple was recognized by the street, sewer and water crew.

“The guys at the shop came up and gave me a shelf in 1995,” she said.

Dalrymple received the award again, based on votes by 28 city employees, at a banquet Jan. 27 at the city shop.

Dalrymple said the city has formally given the award since 1994-95.

“I was shocked and surprised,” she said, noting that every city employee is deserving of the award.

Dalrymple described her co-workers as amazing.

“They work well together, have pride in their work and they have fun,” she said.

The city clerk also said they are conscientious about their work, pointing out that employees—except for a minor accident—had no worker’s compensation claims in 2011.

Dalrymple said the accident, in which the employee was not injured or the equipment damaged, involved a rollover.

In addition, she noted that nine out of 28 full-time employees had perfect job attendance the past year.

As city clerk, Dalrymple keeps city records, does payroll, pays city bills and bonds, keeps minutes at city council meetings, is treasurer of the Redevelopment Authority and more.

Her most formidable challenge is “getting everything done that has to be done by the time it has to be done.”

Dalrymple was nominated by public works clerks Sandy Smith and Jill Rubenthaler.

Smith described Dalrymple as dependable and loyal and who does an outstanding job.

“Connie is always cheerful and always there for you and has great job knowledge,” Smith said. “She works for the best interest of the employees.”

She said her co-worker was caring and understanding when she recently went through a life-changing event.

Rubenthaler said Dalrymple knows the answer to most any question that they or residents ask.

“All the things that she has to keep track of are mind-boggling and she does it without complaining,” Rubenthaler said. “Without Connie, the city would close down and we would all have to move to Brady.”

A Gothenburg native and graduate of the local high school, Dalrymple started working part-time for the city before becoming city clerk in 1978.

Last August, she was named West Central Nebraska Development District’s clerk of the year.

West Central officials said Gothenburg is fortunate to have a clerk with Dalrymple’s professional qualities and abilities.

She is married to Jim Dalrymple, a farmer, and has three grown children and 13 grandchildren.

When not in her office at city hall, she enjoys tending flowers and spending time with grandchildren.

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