Monday, October 17, 2011

47 1/2 Years Service to the Community

Robert Ball - Waverley c1964
As I have done for the last 41 years, when I said goodbye to Mr Geniaus this morning, I told him to have a good day at work. That was the last time I will be giving him that message as tomorrow we start a new chapter in our life.

Robert Ball retires today after a working life of 47 1/2 years spent serving the residents of  three Sydney Local Government Areas: Rockdale, Waverley and Hornsby. He was the chief executive at  Waverley and Hornsby for a total of  33 years, spending over 13 years as the Town Clerk at Waverley and 19 years as the General Manager at Hornsby. During that time he has served around a dozen mayors and tens of aldermen and councillors.

I could sing his praises but, as I am biased in my opinions, may not be too objective. Others said nice things about Robert at the various farewell functions held in his honour and he has received a number of cards and letters congratulating him and thanking him for his work.

The message on one card sums up what many have said:

To dear Robert,

Here's to a wonderful and restful retirement!

For your forbearance and fortitude in the face of the most appalling harassment from some members of the community. I salute you!

For your intelligent counselling of me and my colleagues. I salute you!

For your demonstrated superior management skills in balancing the demands of Councillors and the community against the need to balance budgets, and delivering what everyone wants/demands. I salute you!

For your patience and good humour in the face of often stupid behaviour by Councillors. I salute you!

Employees and colleagues from other councils have said:

Thank you so much for your help, support and guidance over the past 5 1/2 years.|

It has been a privilege to work with you and I will miss your sound advice and knowledge.
Robert Ball - Hornsby 2011


Thanks your advice and knowledge - I've learned a great deal from you.

Thank you for all your support and advice over the years.

Thank you for being such a supportive, friendly and approachable General Manager.

It has been great working with you over the years. You have always been a font of knowledge and experience!

Thank you for your guidance, support and sense of humour.

Thank you so much for your advice and wise counsel over the many years that we have known each other.







8 comments:

cassmob said...

What a wonderful testimony to your husband's hard work. I hope you have a great retirement together.

Susan Clark said...

Best wishes to you both in this new, well-earned chapter.
I suspect your mister will be much missed.

Linda said...

Aaaah - Local Government. Only those who are there can understand the attitude in some quarters to people who are there with the best will in the world, trying to serve them. A length of service such as that is stunning. Thank You!

Kerry Scott said...

Congratulations to him. That's a body of work to be very proud of.

Debi Austen said...

Congratulations to both of you as you enter this next phase of your life.

Judy Webster said...

That card is something to treasure, and it's great that you transcribed it here for posterity. Best wishes to you both.

Joan Miller (Luxegen) said...

Congratulations to Robert and all the best to you both.

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

Happy retirement, Robert! Now you can rest... and do some genealogy!

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