MOVING ON: Parking inspector John Pearson is retiring after 16 years in the role. Photo: SIMON HUGHES.
MOVING ON: Parking inspector John Pearson is retiring after 16 years in the role. Photo: SIMON HUGHES.

Pearso?s ticket for retirement

By JULIA ILES newsroom@dailyexaminer.com.au

MOST of you will probably recognise John Pearson.

For the past 16 years he has pounded the streets of the Clarence Valley ? Grafton in particular ? as the area's parking inspector.

But as of Friday he will do it no more.

He is retiring and will relocate to the Blue Mountains with his wife, Wendy.

The couple are heading south to Springwood, where he plans to renovate their recently-purchased home.

John is extremely popular in the community, a seemingly difficult feat for a parking inspector.

"When I started my job I was told to treat people fairly and to keep the locals and the bosses happy," he said.

Initially John was employed by the NSW Police Force when he started in October 1989, but by 2002, his tenure had changed and he became an employee of the council.

His most memorable incident came when he saw someone he thought was a friend waiting to cross the road.

John ran out and, as a joke, pretended to push her in front of a car, but to his dismay it wasn't his friend at all, but a stranger who looked similar.

He's also written a couple of false parking tickets as a joke, often for vehicles of friends parked on private property.

John plans to keep busy during retirement and is looking forward to transferring his collection of records to CD.

"Our kids are in Sydney and here we currently live 24 kilometres from Grafton, but our new house is right in the town," he said. "The thing I'll miss most about my job is just talking to the people as they are tremendously nice here."

John and Wendy plan to return to the Valley for visits wherever possible.

Ian Thomson profiles John in Saturday's Clarence Life.



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