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Delaware Docket Newsletter
Summer 2007


Gwendolyn Cook, New Castle County Civil Operations Manager for the Justice of the Peace Court, was named the Judicial Branch 2006 Employee of the Year. Gwen received this award for her outstanding and dedicated work in developing and guiding the New Castle County Justice of the Peace civil courts through the sometimes stressful, but ultimately successful, introduction of the first phase of the COTS case management initiative. This process was particularly eventful as the JP Court was the first in the state to implement this new system. During this challenging time, one nominator stated, “she traveled routinely among the three court locations while still performing critical work in COTS, working many hours in addition to her regular hours and maintaining her composure, professionalism and sense of humor.” As another nominator stated:

Gwen took on a leadership role in assisting with the design and implementation of the COTS system. She represented the Justice of the Peace Court on critical committees, working with key committee members from other courts in the Judiciary to help create the judiciary-wide case management system, and helping to design and implement the ongoing training process for the new system. Prior to Phase One implementation, during that phase, and post-Phase One, she was committed to finding ways to improve the new system’s processes, testing and checking processes defined within COTS, testing converted data, and seeking more efficient alternatives within the new system.

Gwen’s recognition as employee of the year caps a long and successful career with the Justice of the Peace Court. Starting as a court clerk in Justice of the Peace Court 10 in 1986, Gwen was named assistant court manager of Court 12 in 1995 and court manager in 1999. In 2006, she was promoted to her current position in which she is responsible for the operations of civil courts 9, 12, and 13 in New Castle County.

All of us in the Judicial Branch join in congratulating Gwen on this award and in thanking her for her many years of devoted service to the Judicial Branch.

Photo of Gwendolyn Cook receiving award.
Gwendolyn Cook (Justice of the Peace Court) receives congratulations from Jennifer J. Davis, Director of the Office of Management and Budget (on left), and Governor Minner at the recognition ceremony for the Delaware Award for Excellence and Commitment in State Service on her selection as the Judicial Branch 2006 Employee of the Year. Chief Justice Steele also attended the ceremony and commended Ms. Cook for her outstanding efforts on behalf of the Judicial Branch.

Congratulations are also offered to the other nominees – Jennifer Bennett from Superior Court, Thomas Smith from Family Court and James Weister from the Administrative Office of the Courts – for their outstanding work on behalf of the Judicial Branch.