Official moves up the ladder

Stratford council's top boss is leaving the district but not the region to take up a job in the big smoke.

Sue Davidson, who is chief executive of the Stratford District Council, has been appointed New Plymouth District Council's new chief operating officer.

The role was one of three senior management positions created during a restructuring of the council's executive leadership team.

NPDC chief executive Barbara McKerrow said Davidson would be leading the delivery of all their frontline services to the community.

"The COO role is complex with responsibility for a large number of services, and Sue has the diverse experience that is necessary for the job," she said.

"Her background in finance and in being chief executive at two previous councils will be of huge benefit to us."

Stratford Mayor Neil Volzke said that while the departure would be a "real loss to our council", it was a "great career opportunity".

"She has brought a great deal of energy to the role of chief executive and we have progressed well under her guidance," he said.

Davidson said her experience would be helpful in leading the operations team and ensuring the council was delivering services efficiently.

McKerrow said the realignment of the senior management roles would achieve more effective management of the council's activities by grouping them in a way that was more closely aligned and integrated than previously.

Davidson takes up the new role on December 8.

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