Eschen honored for her 'commitment and dedication to the city of Norwalk'

Cary Ashby • Dec 7, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Essentially it was Diane Eschen Day during the most recent Norwalk city council meeting.

Council honored the retired finance director by passing a resolution Tuesday that honored her service and dedication to the city. Also, Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan presented Eschen with a plaque as the August employee of the month.

Eschen served Norwalk for 44 years, from Feb. 19, 1973 through Aug. 31 of this year. Part of that time included 24 years as the interim finance director. In June, Eschen announced her retirement.

“We want to thank you for you dedication, hard work and love for the community,” Duncan told Eschen before reading a proclamation.

Current finance director Michelle Reeder worked with Eschen in the finance department since 2005. Reeder, on Tuesday, thanked Eschen not only for her dedication, but also for her advice and the experience she shared after she was named the finance director.

“I am grateful for everything,” Reeder added with a big smile.

The proclamation from the mayor and council, in part, says Eschen demonstrated leadership as the finance director “on a consistent basis through her positive, optimistic attitude, her honesty and high level of personal integrity and through her ability to work within the city and beyond in conjunction within the community.”

Also, the proclamation honors Eschen’s “commitment and dedication to the city of Norwalk coupled with her vast array of skills and personal drive (which) have been evidenced by the many successes she has facilitated, including 22 consecutive years of financial audits without findings or recovery.”

One of the council members said it should be noted that Eschen is the only city employee whose baking skills is mentioned in a proclamation, which prompted many laughs from council and those attending the meeting.

Finally, council honored Eschen’s tenure of service “as a credit to our community and a gift that will continue to be felt for many years to come.”

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