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    THANK YOU: Retiring Justice of the Peace Don Jagger is presented with a certificate in recognition of 33 years’ service by state secretary Wendy Williams. Picture: BRONWYN HASTINGS

Long-term Justice of the Peace Don Jagger retires

Don Jagger has retired from his Horsham-based role as Justice of the Peace after 53 years serving the community.

Dignitaries from Wimmera Board of Honorary Justices, WBHJ, Royal Victorian Association of Honorary Justices, RVAHJ, family and friends attended a small ceremony at Horsham Library last week to mark the milestone.

Presenting Mr Jagger with a certificate, RVAHJ executive committee secretary Wendy Williams said Mr Jagger had given a lot to his community.

“You have served your community for a long time, and as one of the older JPs, you have set the mark for what everyone else is doing,” she said.

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“We thank you for what you have done.”

Mr Jagger started his career as a commissioner of affidavits in 1970, witnessing signatures, and from 1992 as a Justice of the Peace offering services such as affidavits, identification and powers of attorney. 

His 30-year service as a JP was honoured with a life membership of the Royal Victorian Association of Honorary Justices’ Wimmera branch last year. 

WBHJ president Bernadine Streeter said Mr Jagger went above and beyond, not just in his role as JP, but in his field of insurance.

“Mr Jagger always checked in on people, even months after incidents, to make sure they were alright,” she said.

“He often completed his JP work out of hours and during home visits, too.”

Mr Jagger said he had enjoyed working as a JP. “It’s been very rewarding, particularly in helping the elderly with powers of attorney,” he said.

“I’m very appreciative of this, to be thought of. It’s been a long time, although it doesn’t seem like a long time.”

Mr Jagger’s dedication to his community extends beyond his insurance and JP work – he was a chairman of the Wimmera football tribunal for 30 years, a Trustee of Pimpinio Cemetery for 20 years and he is a past player, president and treasurer of Pimpinio Football Netball Club.

Mr Jagger’s retirement, owing to ill-health, leaves six JPs in the Horsham area, serving from the Horsham library each Wednesday between 10am and 1pm. 

– Bronwyn Hastings

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