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City of Caribou says goodbye to longtime employee Connie Michaud

CARIBOU, Maine — On April 7, 1986, Connie Michaud began her career with the City of Caribou as the motor vehicle agent, later adding assistant clerk to her many duties. Today she looks forward to a happy and fulfilling retirement after serving the city for exactly 33 years and one day.

Colleagues and friends gathered at the City of Caribou council chambers on Monday, April 8, to bid a final farewell to Michaud. While enjoying treats of cake and popcorn, folks reminisced about Michaud’s friendly nature and commitment to serving the residents of Caribou.

Denise Lausier, executive assistant for the Caribou city manager, speaks with retiring assistant city clerk Connie Michaud (sitting, right) and Michaud’s husband Gerald Michaud during a special party held to celebrate Michaud’s retirement on April 8. (Melissa Lizotte | The Star-Herald)

“I’ve worked with Connie 12 years. She’s very insightful and one of the kindest people I’ve ever met,” said city clerk Jayne Farin. “She’s someone who would never notice if there was a line of people in front of the desk because she focused completely on whoever was in front of her. We’ve been lucky to have her working here.”

Before Michaud came to the city office, she held professional positions at many businesses, including the County Federal Credit Union and United States Fidelity and Guaranty Company. After she was laid off from her position at the USF&G Caribou office, Michaud initially applied for a job at Cary Medical Center but was offered her position at the city office shortly afterward.

Michaud credits her co-workers with always being supportive and helping her pick up additional duties over the years, such as handling dog registrations and hunting and fishing licenses.

“You learn a little bit from everyone who’s here,” Michaud said. “They’ve all made working here a positive experience.”

One of Michaud’s longtime co-workers is Denise Lausier, executive assistant for the city manager. Lausier has worked with Michaud for 21 years and called her a “pleasant, friendly and courteous person” who has been “constant and steadfast” in her dedication, often staying in her office after hours to finish the day’s tasks.

“I think what I’ll miss most is the everyday conversations with Connie. She has a smile that’s uplifting and makes your day brighter,” Lausier said. “We were blessed to have her here all these years.”

Now that her duties with the City of Caribou are officially complete, Michaud is most looking forward to researching her family’s genealogy, reading, bird watching, knitting and crocheting, and seeing what life has in store next.

“I have no specific plans other than to enjoy some of my hobbies and take things one day at a time,” Michaud said. “I’m thankful for having great experiences working here and interacting with the public. Serving the people in Caribou has been what I’ve enjoyed the most.”

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