PM's man Judd's new adviser

A former adviser to the Prime Minister has been announced as New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd's new right-hand man.

Greg Stephens will take up the new New Plymouth District Council role of mayoral adviser next Tuesday.

Judd said Stephens will join council from Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, where his role included working with councils on housing supply issues.

"Greg has good experience and sound knowledge of both local and central government policy. I am looking forward to having him on board,'' Judd said.

"He has also worked in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet's Policy Advisory Group. This position included providing support and policy advice to the Prime Minister."

In March council chief executive Barbara McKerrow said the successful candidate would be expected to be paid between $89,902 to $105,767, which was based on the market range for a senior policy analyst.

The adviser's job includes supporting Mr Judd in research, policy analysis and giving him advice to ensure he knows about relevant strategies, legislation and policies.

It is the first time a role of this nature has been established for a New Plymouth mayor.

The role is not an additional cost to NPDC and ratepayers; it is funded from an existing vacancy.

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