TDC farewells long-serving secretary
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.