By DON STINE
Ocean Township’s Kathleen Ivey has worked more years than most people in the township and she was recognized for her 40 years of service at the last Township Council meeting.
“She obviously has stamina and has worn everybody else out,” Mayor Christopher Siciliano said.
Ivey was hired by the township as a key punch operator and clerk typist on September 13, 1976 and has been employed by the township for the last 40 years in various positions, including her current position as Administrative Secretary to the Chief of Police.
She has served six previous police chiefs, far more than anyone else who has held her position in the history of the township. She has also worked with five previous township managers and eight township clerks.
Ivey, who said she is not ready to retire just yet, was recognized with a special proclamation as a dedicated employee, exemplified by her willingness to take on additional responsibilities for the betterment of the police department and the township.
“Ivey continually demonstrates her dedication to the township and her fellow employees and has been a role model of what a public servant should be,” the proclamation read.
Ivey also received similar proclamations from state Sen. Jennifer Beck: one from the state Assembly and one from the state Senate.
It was also noted that Ivey’s greatest dedication is to her family, including her husband Bob, whom she married on May 6, 1998.