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|Longtime Congressional Employee Celebrates Retirement
|A woman who has served this community, and even two local congressman, for nearly 30 years is finally stepping away from her position. Joyce Bean has worked in the congressional offices of both Lane Evans and Phil Hare and recently announced her retirement. Sunday friends held an open house to celebrate her career within the community.
Bean says she will begin retirement by traveling to visit family and friends in Nashville, San Francisco, and North Carolina among other places. Bean tells WGIL the freshness of events in the government's office kept the job enjoyable.
"It was very interesting. In all the years I've worked there, I've never had a long day. Time passed so fast. It was exciting because you never knew when a call came in or someone walked in, or a letter came in what the problem was going to be. It was so interesting and I like working with people. So that was one of the reasons I enjoyed it too."
Bean says she will miss the people the most. She said she enjoyed trying to help as many people as she could.
Bean, besides working for two congressmen, worked for the phone company for 23 years, she was a member of the Congressional Workers of America, and was the first woman to become the United Way President in Galesburg.
Bean says she doesn't have a favorite memory working in the congressional office but she says anytime she got to help anybody was a good feeling.
(Knox County Board member Dale Parsons congratulates Joyce Bean on her career at an open house held on Sunday in her honor. Photo and story by Dominic Fortini.)
|03 22 09 by Newsroom
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