A Saco woman is being honored as Maine’s outstanding judicial employee of the year.

Chief Justice Leigh I. Saufley announced Wednesday that the award goes to Gail Merritt, supervisor of the family division.

Saufley said that since Merritt became supervisor in 2009, the Family Division runs far more efficiently due to her management skills.

The award is given to the person who best exemplifies 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.

Awards were also given for career performance, special services, volunteer services and contributions to safety and wellbeing of the judicial branch employees and people who participate in court activities.