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Lynda Burke has stepped down as director of the Lancaster County office of the Employment Security Commission to take the same position in the Midlands.
Burke, who was the local director for seven years, is now director of the Lexington County office. Her last day working in Lancaster was Feb. 26 and her first day in Lexington was Feb. 27.
Last week, she talked exuberantly about her new post while expressing how difficult it was to leave Lancaster.
“It happened to be the right thing to do,” Burke said about the job shift. “I love Lancaster. It’s a great place.”
Burke said taking the job in Lexington is a promotion, given that its office is about three times larger than Lancaster’s.
Since coming aboard, Burke has been trying to get acquainted with all the staff and brace herself for the challenges association with working in a bigger office.
She also looks forward to establishing all the necessary contacts with the general community, such as the local media and the chamber of commerce.
Burke said her main objective will remain the same – to help people with skills training or other steps needed to secure employment.
“Every office has the same issues, the same goals and the same problems,” Burke said. “Unemployment’s at an all-time high. It’s a stressful time.”
David Veal, Lancaster’s assistant area director, said Burke’s replacement may be named within the next few weeks.
Since her departure, Veal has assumed many of her duties, which include handling bills and invoices, taking care of employee time cards and holding staff meetings.
Veal said he felt a huge void when Burke left the local office. Her caring attitude and humble nature always shined brightly, he said.
“You know she’s gone, but don’t want to believe it yet,” Veal said. “Lexington’s sure got a good one.”
Contact reporter Jesef Williams at email@example.com or at (803) 283-1152