SPARTA, NJ – The Township Council bade farewell to the Recreation Supervisor, Marianne Dilworth last week with a proclamation.  Mayor Josh Hertzberg presented Dilworth with the proclamation and gifts from the township.

“You take care of two important groups; children and seniors,” Hertzberg said.  “You will be missed.  It’s been my honor to work with you in your service to Sparta.”

In the proclamation Hertzberg shared many of her accomplishments since becoming the Recreation Supervisor in 2011, “overseeing such diverse programs as PAL basketball, AAU basketball, preschool program, Sacajawea day camp.” 

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As Senior Coordinator she “helped facilitate the Sussex County Senior Olympics…clinics, special classes, book discussions and speakers for the Breakfast Club.”

Dilworth was in the first graduating class of the Community Emergency Response Team or CERT.  “I have a lot of skills now,” Dilworth said.  “I’m ready for anything.”

Township manager was unable to attend but sent a statement, read by Deputy Mayor Christine Quinn.  He said “she truly went above and beyond.”

“You truly care about people,” Quinn said.  “That’s what makes you different and makes the programs more than just Rec programs.  You have set the bar very high.”

Dilworth made remarks to the council members and municipal employees.

“Molly [Whilesmith] was instrumental in growing the senior program and got me involved in the municipal alliance,” Dilworth said.

“Christine [Quinn] was always involved in rec but got me involved with CERT,” Dilworth said.

“I’ve known Jerry [Murphy] for 30 years,” Dilworth said.  “He’s a shining example of volunteerism.”

Dilworth said, “Josh [Hertzberg] you’re taking your crusade for fiscal responsibility to the county where we know we’ll be well represented.”

“Gil [Gibbs] when the bottom fell out of the recreation department, you put together a committee to save the programs Sparta loves like Santa, the Easter Bunny,” Dilworth said.

Gibbs thanked her for supporting the committee.

“Bill [Close] is a tasks master but supported us in those tasks,” Dilworth said.  “I’ve been through five managers, three of them interims.  He’s brought things together quickly.”

When she addressed Eric Powell, the township engineer she explained she was not one to read the manual, not one to get to know the rules.

“Eric helped me get through,” Dilworth said. “He was my shock absorber.  He taught me a lot. And so did Sam [Rome].  They kept me out of trouble.  I may not lead with my head but always with my heart.”

“I’m a grateful employer,” Dilworth said. “I appreciate having the opportunity to work here.”

The group of family, friends and fellow workers went to a reception at the train station.