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Court intake worker earns state award

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One day in the late 1970s Julie Dollahon walked into the Pierce County Department of Human Services, met the director and asked if he had any job openings.

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While Dale Melstrom didn't exactly hire the young social worker on the spot, it was close. She started as a fill-in for a woman on maternity leave, was offered a permanent job in December 1979 and three decades later brings to the job an enthusiasm, professionalism and kindness that her peers celebrate.

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