Monday, January 04, 2010

Congratulations to Dr Beer...

Another Beer...

Congratulations to Dr John Beer who was awarded a gong in the New Year's honours list for his services to local government. John was the longest serving Executive Director notching up 13 years in that role -the average for the challenging post of Director of Adult Social Services is just 3 or 4 years. Before his retirement last summer, John worked for 5 different council administrations and was instrumental in setting up the 'Safe City Partnership' which attemps to draw the council closer to the police and other agencies.
Although I suspect (not least because of his occasional 'In my View' articles in The Daily Echo) that he was an instinctive left winger, John was the consummate professional to his fingertips, improving the performance of his directorate considerably and is a personally charming man as well as being something of an intellectual.
His OBE is richly deserved. Congratulations.


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