The Toowoomba Council has recognised three Toowoomba men for keeping the wheels of justice turning for a collective 147 years. David Janetzki, member for Toowoomba South MP, proudly presented Barry Kranz, Colin Chalk and Clifford Hughes with Justice of the Peace long service awards for 50 years, 50 years, and 40 years respectively.
“JPs play a valuable role in keeping the wheels of justice turning in our community,” Mr Janetzki said. “It is often an under appreciated service but they have continued their volunteering for many decades.”
Mr Kranz, a retired cabinetmaker and corner store owner, has served as a JP for 53 years. He remains busy signing legal documents for his fellow residents at Willow Glen Retirement Community. Mr Chalk, a retired motorcycle mechanic and small business owner, has committed to JPS for 52 years. He lives in Toowoomba with his wife Jadwiga, who he travelled to Poland in 1988 to meet after they had been pen pals for two years. Mr Hughes, a retired scientist and academic, who became a JP 42 years ago while working in a hospital laboratory.
The trio enjoyed their time as justices of peace, with each of them signing thousands of documents throughout this time and recalling many special and interesting memories in their dealings with the public, as well as many late-night visits from the Police seeking their help in witnessing documents. It is a great honour for these outstanding individuals, all of whom have so selflessly given their time to the community to ensure the smooth-running of the justice system.
Mr Janetzki congratulated the trio on their long service awards and presented them with commemorative certificates.
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