Supreme Judicial Court Announces Judicial Branch's Employee of the Year Award for 2008

January 7, 2009

Doug Birgfeld, of Farmingdale, who serves as Project Manager in the Office of Information Technology has been named the Maine Judicial Branch Employee of the Year for 2008. Chief Justice Leigh Saufley presented the award during a recognition program attended by members of the Supreme Judicial Court, the Chief Judges of the trial courts and a gathering of court employees.

In conferring the award, the Chief Justice said, “Though his tenure in the Branch has been short, his reach has been long. Doug has played a significant role in the design of the branch’s custom information technology system. He strives to find solutions to a variety of challenges facing the Branch, including increasing the availability of video conferencing, to reduce travel time and costs in our statewide court system; establishing the framework for electronic filing and records management; and working with vendors to improve systems utilized by the Violations Bureau.” In addition, Supreme Court Justice Ellen Gorman praised Doug for his part in the development of the new Unified Criminal Docket in Cumberland County. Simply put, his accomplishments are numerous. He approaches every project with an infectious ‘can-do’ attitude, and inspires others to achieve more.

This award is given annually to the person who has best exemplified the qualities of competence in providing court services; commitment to public service; respect, courtesy to fellow employees and members of the public; and a willingness to learn and grow. Doug Birgfeld has displayed all of these qualities in his work to improve technology and increase efficiency in Maine’s court system. In accepting the award, Doug commented that while his role is a visible one, it is all of the employees in the Office of Information Technology who deserve credit for these accomplishments.