Two decades of ser­vice hon­oured

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

The fifth pro­file in our monthly Faces of Ned­lands se­ries by City of Ned­lands com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer Michelle New­ton is a woman with a sharp mem­ory and warm smile. CITY of Ned­lands se­nior cus­tomer ser­vices of­fi­cer Judy Den­ton is of­ten in­un­dated with choco­lates from ap­pre­cia­tive res­i­dents.

In the two decades Ms Den­ton has worked at the City, she has seen peo­ple grow up, grow old, move out of Ned­lands and move back again.

She said she has plenty of sto­ries to tell, but was too discreet.

But she is al­ways happy to share her sto­ries of pos­sums crash­ing through the ceil­ing on to staff mem­bers’ desks and a ghost who may or may not wan­der the cor­ri­dors of the ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing af­ter dark.

Ms Den­ton’s gen­tle man­ner and long ten­ure have made her a trusted fig­ure.

She said an el­derly res­i­dent reg­u­larly brought her choco­lates.

“His vi­sion is not what it used to be th­ese days, so some­times he also brings in a let­ter or bill and asks me to read it for him and let him know what he needs to do,” she said.

“It gives me a good feel­ing to be able to help peo­ple.”

Ms Den­ton said res­i­dents were al­ways re­lieved to see her when they had not been into coun­cil for a while.

“They’ll say, ‘oh I’m so glad you’re still here, I know you’ll be able to help me’,” she said.

“I know their history and back­ground so they don’t have to go through the story again of what hap­pened last year or the year be­fore.”

Ms Den­ton said she was think­ing about re­tire­ment but had not made any de­ci­sions yet.

As grand­mother to ninemonth-old twins, she will have plenty to keep her busy when that day comes.

But for the mo­ment, she is happy to re­main as one of the best-known faces of Ned­lands.

Judy Den­ton is pop­u­lar with res­i­dents.

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