CHARMOUTH parish clerk Lisa Tuck has been praised as she celebrates 25 years in the job.
Parish council chairman Peter Noel presented Mrs Tuck with a bouquet of flowers and made a touching tribute to her dedication and professionalism.
He said: “Sadly, many of our residents will not know this lady, which is without doubt their loss. Lisa has been our parish clerk since 1995 and has gone through all the trials and tribulations that have affected the village over 25 years.
“Lisa’s career started with Dorset Council before moving to Charmouth where, initially, she worked in the small building next to the community hall until the council bought The Elms.
“Since then the rules and regulations governing the council have changed completely. The council and clerk now deal with volumes of paperwork, risk assessments and procedures. Lisa has handled these changes with total professionalism, integrity and dedication.
“In addition, she has also had to deal with many new councillors, including me, all asking questions and needing supervision. Amazingly, she remains calm and treats everybody with respect and care despite the occasional angry member of the public.
“I have had the privilege of knowing Lisa for 20 years, the last seven as a councillor and the last five years as chairman. I know as chair of the council, when I do something wrong Lisa will talk to me and we will put it right in her usual diplomatic way.
“In all my years in business I have met very few people who have her professionalism, honesty and integrity; it is a privilege to work with her and I hope we will be able to keep her as our parish clerk for many years to come.
“I am sure my views would be shared by many councillors, however I must stress these are my personal views.”