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Our Network Operations Manager is retiring after keeping Devon safe and moving for almost 30 years

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Our Network Operations Manager, Chris Cranston, is retiring after almost 30 years with Devon County Council.

He’s familiar to residents, often seen and heard across the air waves, from national BBC News at Ten to Devon’s local TV and radio stations, throughout all seasons, providing a reassuring presence with his years of experience in helping to keep the county moving come wind, rain, snow and all manner of weather in between, 365 days of the year.

In fact, during the snow events of 2018 some people thought Chris was at work for 24 hours with no sleep as they constantly heard him on the radio and TV!

With a career as changeable and challenging as the weather, Chris has been centre-stage and a reliable pair of hands on many local and national occasions, including delivering the traffic management for the Eclipse in 1999 and being Transport Manager for the Exeter venue of the Rugby World Cup in 2015. He also lead the County Council’s response to a number of extreme weather events including the heavy snow in February 2009 and March 2018.

As he leaves to spend his well-earned retirement with his wife, children and grandchildren, Chris has a special thanks to share. He said:

“I extend my thanks to all our staff, contractors and communities that went beyond the call of duty during severe events to keep Devon moving, and to my teams and colleagues that deliver a fantastic service to the travelling public of Devon.”

On behalf of all Devon’s communities, we thank you Chris and wish you every happiness with your retirement!