Southland District Council chief executive David Adamson has resigned after 10 years in the role.
In a statement released yesterday, Mr Adamson said he had been appointed to a leadership position at Christchurch City Council with the rebuild.
His new role is rebuild infrastructure facilities director with the Christchurch City Council.
He will work on roading, waste water, stadiums, and other public venues.
"It has not been an easy decision but when an opportunity like this presented itself I had to take it," he said.
"I'm ready for a new challenge and feel like I'm going back to my engineering roots."
Mr Adamson was appointed chief executive of Southland District Council in 2004.
He began working there 19 years ago as district engineer and was group manager for services and assets before becoming the chief executive. He finishes on June 13.
Southland District Mayor Gary Tong said Mr Adamson would be missed and wished him success in his new role.
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