HE’S been the familiar face at the Tamworth Courthouse for more than a decade, but now he’s onto bigger and brighter things.
Tamworth registrar Lloyd Stanimirovic has clocked just over 12 years on the job, but he’s been in the Attorney-General’s office for much longer.
“I started in April of 1991, virtually fresh out of high school, so it’s been about 22 and a half years,” Mr Stanimirovic said.
He walked out of the courthouse for the last time yesterday bound for the Salvation Army.
It’s been a labour of love over the years, but seeing children in court is the most difficult he said.
“I’ve seen some very interesting, funny things happen too,” he said.
“Things that you shake your head at. And some very tragic situations particularly from the coronial jurisdictions.
“Some of things I’ve dealt with over the years have been very sad and the grief that people have at the loss of a loved one, you really do need to be truly caring and sensitive.”
But he says it was made that much easier by those around him.
“For the whole time we’ve been here, we’ve had people who are very dedicated, so from that point of view, it’s been quite easy in terms of management,” he said.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Cynthia Donovan said Mr Stanimirovic had a good rapport, not only with police, but others too.
“He was very generous with his time and the projects and incentives ... he engaged in those with heartfelt commitment,” Sergeant Donovan said.
“He was really nice to deal with, he was approachable in everything he did.”
But it wasn’t only a five-day-a-week job.
Mr Stanimirovic was on call most weekend’s for bail court – he jokes his record was nine bail hearings on a Saturday – the day of his wife’s birthday.
“The biggest part of my job as registrar has been working with people and trying to help people who are in difficult situations and I think that is really a big part of the Salvation Army and this new role,” he said.
He is heading up The Salvation Army’s family store and warehouse and oversee an army of volunteers. He started his new job this week.