The past four decades have seen a lot of change come to Gardner, and Susan Jennings has had a window seat for many of them.
Jennings, information security officer, retired from Central Bank of the Midwest at the first of the year.
“I babysat when I was young, but I started at the bank my last semester as a senior,” Jennings said. It was her only job, and during her tenure, the bank went thru several name changes: Farmers Bank, First Kansas Bank, Metcalf and (currently) Central Bank of the Midwest.
Jennings started as a part time teller. “It’s been a just great place to work over all,” Jennings said. “I have worked for three different owners, but I have been blessed and happy to stay at the same place for so long.”
Customers and employees have been great to work with, she said.
Banking has changed so much in the time I have been here, she said. “It’s amazing how much technology changes things,” she said. “The process of banking is so much easier, gone from manually sorting and posting checks to electronic statements. There’s way more electronic processing now.”
Gardner’s population growth has also changed things. Jennings said it used to be you knew all your customers, but it takes more effort to know each one now.
Jennings said she and her husband, Larry, plan to enjoy retirement while they still can. They ride motorcycles, and they will take more long weekends to travel.
Customers and co-workers have been great, Jennings said, but it’s time to retire.
“During the 11 years I have worked with Susan, she’s been great to work with and a professional ,” said Mary Nelson, Gardner area market president. “I wish her luck with her retirement and future.”