The chief executive officer of Tasmanian councils' peak body will depart at the end of 2020, despite being only halfway through her five year term.
Local Government Association of Tasmania's CEO Katrena Stephenson was reappointed for a further five years in April 2018, but will depart in December 2020.
Dr Stephenson is leaving to take up a position with the Kingborough Council as environment, development and community director.
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LGAT president, and West Tamar Council mayor, Christina Holmdahl said Dr Stephenson would be greatly missed, having been pivotal to the association for 13 years, including five as CEO.
She said she had been a strong advocate for local government and was respected by her peers within the sector and in other peak bodies.
"Dr Stephenson has provided dedicated and strong leadership to the Tasmanian local government sector and delivered significant outcomes for councils," councillor Holmdahl said.
"This includes securing over $2.5 million in grant funding for LGAT, helping Tasmania lead the nation in moving to a new National Local Government Industry Award, ensuring ongoing local government ownership of TasWater, implementing a range of new member services, leading collaboration and joint advocacy with other peak bodies for the benefit of our members and growing LGAT procurement so that over $2 million in savings were delivered to councils in the last year alone."
The LGAT general management committee will begin a recruitment process to replace Dr Stephenson in the near future.
She will remain as CEO until the end of 2020, before she takes on her role at Kingborough Council on January 6. If a replacement has not been found in time, LGAT's policy director Dion Lester will act as CEO.
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