Smiling Sue bows out

Kellie BalaamNarrogin Observer
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Sue Cross with Acting Supt Geoff Dickson and Sgt Steven Stingemore.
Camera IconSue Cross with Acting Supt Geoff Dickson and Sgt Steven Stingemore. Credit: Williams Police

The Williams Police Station has lost the public face of its office with the retirement of veteran customer service officer Sue Cross.

Ms Cross had been with WA Police for 25 years, starting her service with Williams police in January, 2007.

She stepped away from the force on Friday, November 8.

Williams Sergeant Steven Stingemore, who has known Ms Cross for three years, said one of her strengths was her passion for helping people.

“Sue assisted people in difficult times,” Sgt Stingemore said.

“One example was when she provided support to a lady with mental health concerns. Sue prevented her from driving her car to further hurt herself and got mental health staff to take her to hospital.

“It was a good thing that Sue did.”

Ms Cross said she would miss working with people with whom she had developed long-lasting friendships over the years.

“I’ll miss being with the police officers and public servants,” she said.

“Having interaction with them all and getting to know them professionally and personally is what I’ll miss most of all.”

For Ms Cross, every day was different and she said it had been hard to adjust to retirement.

“You have to have a whole new train of thought,” she said.

“When you’re at work you know what you’re doing because you’ve done it for so long and you do what you normally do, but retirement is totally different.”

Sgt Stingemore said Ms Cross could be relied upon and had helped the station during emergencies.

“Sue provided the administrative and logistical support at the station that allowed the police officers to respond to emergencies such as serious fatal crashes and bushfires in the community,” he said.

She helped clean up the station after “messy and untidy” police officers, and also had a hobby for making flower arrangements that she placed around the station to brighten everyone’s day.

“The office will be quieter now. Sue will be sadly missed,” Sgt Stingemore said.

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