TDC farewells long-serv­ing sec­re­tary

Bush Telegraph - - Focus On Dannevirke - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

When Joan Spencer joined the Tararua District Coun­cil 31 years ago she did not ex­pect the job would be so in­ter­est­ing.

She says she has thor­oughly en­joyed her ca­reer help­ing the coun­cil get es­tab­lished and then grow to what it is to­day.

For most of her time she has been sec­re­tary to the Mayor and CEO, ini­tially when the bor­ough and county merged into the Dan­nevirke District Coun­cil and then when it merged into Tararua District Coun­cil.

She has worked for five may­ors — Bob Trot­ter, Bill Bligh, Mau­reen Reynolds, Roly El­lis and Tracey Col­lis. Joan says they each brought their own gifts to coun­cil, which made it stronger.

She was also PA to five CEOs — Glenn Innes, Max Grif­fiths, Mal­colm Pettman, Roger Twen­ty­man and Blair King whose vi­sion, she says has served Tararua well.

In re­cent years she be­came Gov­er­nance Sec­re­tary to a num­ber of com­mit­tees which she found an in­ter­est­ing change.

At the July Coun­cil Mayor Tracey Col­lis pre­sented Joan with a gift.

“Joan you were here at the for­ma­tion of the Tararua District Coun­cil and you un­der­stand where we came from and how we ar­rived here, shared in both our chal­lenges and our suc­cesses. Your smil­ing face and won­der­ful hu­mour will be sorely missed and we will need to do a lit­tle more home­work now the en­cy­clopae­dia of Joan has left the shelf.”

Each of the pre­vi­ous may­ors also con­tributed.

“You can re­tire know­ing your pro­fes­sion­al­ism and com­mit­ment to the Coun­cil and its many ac­tiv­i­ties were ap­pre­ci­ated by all the peo­ple you came in con­tact with,” Mau­reen Reynolds said.

Joan says she is very proud of what the Tararua District Coun­cil has achieved. TDC punches well above its weight, be­com­ing a leader in district-wide rat­ing, use of tech­nol­ogy and op­er­at­ing sys­tems.

Her of­fi­cial last day was Tues­day July 31 with a staff farewell on Au­gust 22. She and hus­band Bruce will live in Palmer­ston North to be closer to fam­ily, not be­cause she did not like Dan­nevirke.

“It was a great place to make friends and raise a fam­ily. In work­ing for the coun­cil there was never a dull mo­ment.”

Joan at her desk on her sec­ond to last day.

Joan Spencer speaks to the coun­cil­lors and staff af­ter re­ceiv­ing a gift from Mayor Tracey Col­lis at the July Tararua District Coun­cil meet­ing on Wed­nes­day July 25.

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