At 12:34 a.m. on May 9, an e-mail from Julie Postlethwait, PIO for the Colorado Department of Personnel Administration, arrived in the in-boxes of all state employees:
This past Wednesday, Governor Ritter took time out of the last week of a busy legislative session to acknowledge all you do for our State; he officially proclaimed the week of May 3-9, 2009 as Colorado Public Employee Appreciation Week. It is important that each of you know that your commitment to serving our citizens does not go unnoticed or unappreciated.
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Even if that appreciation is a tad tardy: By the time this e-mail arrived, there was only one day left in Colorado Public Employee Appreciation Week. A Saturday.
"We kind of dropped the ball," admits Postlethwait. But at least her department visit different state offices, she notes, delivering appreciative boxes of fruit and candy.
And her e-mail was only slightly less tardy than Ritter's proclamation itself. He signed it on May 6 -- midway through Public Service Recognition Week.
Keep up the great, if belated, work, Colorado!