Shadow me for a taste of councillor life

Councillor Mary-Jean Devon has handed in her resignation to the council after 15 years of service

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Mull councillor Mary-Jean Devon is offering anyone interested in her role to shadow her before she steps down after 15 years.

Councillor Devon announced her plan to quit at last week’s online Mull Community Council meeting.

She said she had handed in her resignation but hoped over the next six months to be able to show someone new the ropes.

Councillor Devon sits on more than 30 committees including being Argyll and Bute’s children’s champion for Oban, Lorn and the Isles and policy lead for Support Services.

‘You have to be dedicated, consistent and be accessible to the public and just hope people are sensible and don’t go ringing you at midnight,’ she told The Oban Times.

‘It’s a really worthwhile job. Your first call is to the community and you have to be impartial. I will miss the role greatly but it is time to do other things, although I’ll still be here to offer advice and will keep up my children’s work.’

Helping make a difference to young people’s lives is among her most rewarding achievements, added Councillor Devon who also leads the Council’s Corporate Parenting Board.

At the community council’s Zoom meeting, Councillor Devon said: ‘It’s a great job. I’ve loved every minute of it.

‘Anyone interested, I’ve already had one person, I’d be happy for them to shadow me for the next six months.’

When she took on the role she said there was no job description and that it had been ‘a huge learning curve’.

‘If there is anyone interested in being a councillor for Mull I’m more than willing to help them so it’s not a culture shock.’

Mull Community council convener Tom Nelson said: ‘Thank you absolutely for all your hard work for Mull over the years and also for being available to everyone.’