Constance "Connie" Dick is the longest serving government employee in Delaware.
GEORGETOWN, Del. - When you drive by Troop 4 of Delaware State Police, you may not know it, but inside a living icon is hard at work.
Constance "Connie" Dick, known as "Miss Connie" around the barracks, has been working in the same position for more than 60 years.
"It's just a way of life," Dick said. "After you've worked at one place for so long, it becomes a way of life to you. You just get up, and go to work and it's more or less, like I told you, a second home."
Miss Connie started her time with Troop 4in 1951 when she was just 17. For her entire career, she's stayed with that troop, beginning as a secretary. Now, 62 years later, she's still working as an administrative assistant.
"It was always Troop 4," she said. "That's where I've always been."
Her 62-year career gives Miss Connie the title of the longest serving governmental employee in the state of Delaware.
Around the office, colleagues say that she is far more than just a co-worker. They have described Miss Connie as a friend, a teacher, a mentor, and even as a mother.
"She's the go to person," said Det. Timothy Shockley. "Of course, we have the captain that runs the troop, but we all know who really runs the troop... it's Miss Connie."
Deputy Troop Commander Randy Fisher agreed, saying that she was more than just good at her job.
"She's just a very good person," Fisher said. "We're just glad to have her."
During her time at Troop 4, she has served 26 troop commanders and hundreds of state troopers.
Delaware police officers can retire at 30-years-old with a pension, and yet Dick says that she doesn't plan on retiring any time soon.
"I'll play it by ear," she said. "As long as I feel good and I'm able to come to work. I'll be here."
As she begins her 63rd year of work, this 79-year-old says that she can smile at night knowing that she has no regrets.
"I've enjoyed it," she said. "And I'd do it all again."
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