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Allegheny Power worker named Secretary of Year

April 20, 1999

Connie Bishop, Sec. of YearBy SCOTT BUTKI / Staff Writer

photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer




After graduating from South Hagerstown High School in 1963, Connie Bishop began working in the steno pool at Potomac Edison Co.

Now, 36 years and several promotions at the company that became Allegheny Power later, Bishop is being honored for her work as an executive secretary.

On Monday she was named Secretary of the Year for the Hager Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals, formerly Professional Secretaries International.

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The announcement came at a breakfast reception kicking off Secretaries Week. Bishop's husband, Bill, and her boss, Richard Gagliardi, were present for the surprise announcement.

She was pleased to be recognized by her peers, she said.

"I look at it not as a job but as a profession," she said.

She said this year's Secretaries Week theme, "Pride in Professionalism," is fitting.

The award was presented by last year's winner, Vicky Stouffer, a records assistant in Hagerstown Community College's Student Services division.

Stouffer said Bishop "is top notch. She has served with Allegheny Power for 36 years. That speaks for itself."

The award is decided by a point system in which members get points for attending meetings, serving as an officer, getting further training and other activities, Bishop said. She is a treasurer in the organization.

Even though she has been a secretary at the same company for 36 years, she does not get bored, she said. "Not at all with the changing technology," she said.

Her job now is quite a switch from her original work, she said. "It is a totally different world," she said.

Gagliardi, vice president of administration for Allegheny Power, said she is the best secretary he's ever worked with. They've worked together for three years.

"She is a terrific lady and very well organized," he said. She has a great memory and personality and works hard, he said.

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