SPARTA, NJ – A long time Sparta employee was recognized at the Sparta Township Council meeting on Tuesday.   Denise Ogden reached the 40 year anniversary of working for Sparta in July.  She was the reluctant recipient of a proclamation read by Mayor Christine Quinn, honoring her notable dedication to the township.

The audience was filled with Odgen’s colleagues supporting and congratulating her.

Town Manager Bill Close presented Ogden with an engraved clock thanking her for the service in the accounts payable department and pointing out how unusual it is these days to spend an entire career with one employer.

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Quinn also gave Ogden a bouquet of flowers and “a new township pin.”

Bill Curcio was also in the council chamber to congratulate Ogden.  He was asked to be part of the recognition ceremony because it was Curcio who hired her in 1976. 

“It was the bicentennial and they told me they had a pretty young lady to fill the position,” said Curcio.  “We were grateful to you and we are grateful to have you working in the township.”

“I have worked with many people,” said Sparta Township CFO Sam Rome, “and she is one of the most dedicated hard working people I’ve worked with.”

The audience was filled with Odgen’s colleagues supporting and congratulating her.