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City bids farewell to Gill, honors Henry

By Staff | Aug 3, 2011

Mayor Kevin Ruane, left, reads a proclamation honoring longtime city employee Margaret Gill, who retired after 21 years of service to the citizens of Sanibel.

With an emotional showing of both respect and appreciation, the City of Sanibel took time during Tuesday’s City Council meeting to laud the efforts and accomplishments of a pair of longtime employees – Margaret Gill and Michael Henry.

Gill, a recent retiree from the city’s Finance Department after more than two decades, and Henry, who joined the Public Works Department on Aug. 11, 1986, were both recognized with proclamations read by Mayor Kevin Ruane.

“Margaret has served the citizens of Sanibel as an exemplary part-time employee in the Finance Department for 21 years, where her attendance, spirit and commitment has served as a role model for her peers,” Ruane said to Gill before giving her a retirement gift, a Luc Century etched-glass vase.

During the reading of the proclamation, Ruane noted several of Gill’s accomplishments, including a successful career with the United Telephone Company, membership in the Art League of Fort Myers and as a proud parent and grandparent.

“I can’t tell you how good this feels,” Gill said afterwards. “It’s been so much fun working these 21 years for the City of Sanibel. This is a magical place.”

Kevin Ruane passes the microphone to Mike Henry during Tuesday's City Council meeting.

Councilman Marty Harrity also praised Gill’s efforts on behalf of the community, adding, “No matter where you go, no matter what you do, you’re a magical lady.”

Henry, who joined the city staff as a service worker, was also praised by Ruane, who unveiled a plaque – which hangs in MacKenzie Hall – which now contains Henry’s name as a member of the elite Quarter Century Club, employees who have worked for the city for 25 years.

Notable during Henry’s tenure was his selection by his peers as Employee Of The Quarter for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2004, 05, following Hurricane Charley. City Manager Judie Zimomra shared a story that Henry worked himself to the point of total exhaustion in the aftermath of the storm, but returned to assist the island in her recovery efforts the following day.

“Michael Henry is a highly productive employee and has consistently been an exceptional performer and a valuable member of the Public Works Department during his tenure with the city,” said Ruane.

Following the reading of both proclamations, the gathered audience, council members and city staff offered standing ovations.