Council employee clocks up four decades

A North Devon Council employee has been presented with a long service award after clocking up 40 years of continuous service.

Jenny Bates, Income Officer, was presented her award at a ceremony attended by colleagues past and present.

Presenting Jennie with her award, Jim Jefferies, Interim Assistant Chief Executive, said: “It is a privilege to be able to recognise Jenny’s dedicated service to the council.”

Jenny added: “I have enjoyed the past 40 years working for the council and feel I have learnt a lot in this time. Over the years I have had tremendous support from my colleagues, who I consider as dear friends.”

Since joining in 1970, Jenny has had a variety of roles which have helped with the smooth running of the council.


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In 1970, Jenny joined the former Barnstaple Rural District Council in the rating department. In 1974, after local government reorganisation, she moved to the computer department at the newly formed North Devon District Council. In 1978 Jenny moved to the income department where she has been ever since.

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