Loreen Casey received the Lynn Department of Public Works Employee of the Year Award at the annual employees appreciation cookout held Aug. 16 at the site of the Lynn Special Needs Camp in Lynn Woods Reservation.
DPW workers enjoyed a luncheon of hot dogs, cheeseburgers, barbecued ribs, steak tips, lemon peppered chicken, broccoli salad, and Treadwell’s ice cream sundaes before Acting DPW Director Lisa Nerich presented the special award to Casey, who is the timekeeper and head clerk in the DPW office.
The beautiful plaque that was presented to Casey had the following inscription: In recognition and appreciation for your outstanding performance and conscientious work for the Department of Public Works you have been selected by your co-workers for your many years of service to the City of Lynn, presented by Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy and Acting DPW Commissioner Lisa Nerich.
“Loreen is very instrumental all year round and all hours of the day in the operations of our department,” said Nerich. “She’s a hard worker who is very dedicated and does a great job. Among her many responsibilities, she is responsible for all the snow removal contractors during snowstorms.”
Mary Fountain, aide to Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy, presented a citation to Casey offering congratulations for the esteemed honor.
Casey, 43, has worked for the DPW for two years and for the city for 13 years, having previously been in the controller’s office.
“This award is a surprise and I’m very honored,” said Casey. “I’m very honored they feel that I’m appreciated and I feel appreciated. I am only one person in a huge department. All these people do a lot of hard work and I love working with them. They’re a great group of people.”
A lifelong Lynn resident and Class of 1988 graduate of St. Mary’s High School, Casey has two daughters, Kirstin Casey, 17, and Erica Lynch-Ferrier, 23.
Nerich praised all the DPW employees for their outstanding work throughout the year.
“I appreciate everything you do for our city,” said Nerich. “I’d like to give an award to everyone here. You are hard workers who go out there every day in the rain, snow, sleet, and 95-degree weather. You do a great job for our city.”