AFTER 33 years on the job, Russell Webb is calling it a day.
He was farewelled yesterday by his colleagues at WorkCover NSW, where he has toiled for more than half his life.
Rather than lament the end however, Mr Webb is looking forward to his retirement and the start of a new era.
“I’m pretty excited,” he said.
“I’ll get to do a bit more around the place and put a bit more time into council. I get more joy out of working with the community and have taken this opportunity to move on.”
The former principal inspector said combining his full-time job promoting workplace health and safety with his civic duties as Tamworth Regional Council deputy mayor “became a struggle”.
“It was really getting hard. It was difficult to juggle the two,” he said.
Mr Webb, a carpenter by trade, was just 26 when he started with WorkCover on March 17, 1981.
He said he would miss the relationships he had built over the years but was keen to get stuck into a bit of gardening, farming and travelling as well as engaging more with his constituents.