Resignation from embattled DCC department

Laura McElhone.
Laura McElhone.
A long serving Dunedin City Council senior staff member will step down next month.

Council property services group manager Laura McElhone has resigned to take up a national role for ACC based in Dunedin.

Dr McElhone, who has worked at the council for almost 10 years, will finish on April 20 and start her new role as the as lodgement and triage manager at ACC at the end of April.

Dr McElhone said she was looking to broaden her horizons and take on a new challenge after 10 years at the council.

The new job would see her play a key role in ACC's transformational change programme, she said.

"My time in property is shorter than anticipated because opportunities like this in Dunedin don't come up very often so you have to grab them when they come along.''

Dr McElhone was the council's water and waste group manager before taking up her role in the council's property services department last year/

The department, which was mired in claims of bullying and poor performance under former manager Kevin Taylor, has been relying on consultants to fill at least six vacant roles after a series of resignations, at a cost of about $1.5 million.

Council chief executive Sue Bidrose said Dr McElhone had made a huge contribution to the organisation.

"I'm sad for us, but its great when really good staff go on to other really good roles in the city.

"We wish her all the very best.''

The property services group manager will be advertised and interim management arrangements will be put in place closer to Dr McElhone's departure.

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