Planning director Melissa Watkins resigns from Dubbo Regional Council

MOVING ON: Melissa Watkins, pictured here with fellow director Murray Wood, will leave Dubbo Regional Council next month. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

MOVING ON: Melissa Watkins, pictured here with fellow director Murray Wood, will leave Dubbo Regional Council next month. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Dubbo Regional Council has lost another of its most senior staff members, after it was announced on Friday that planning director Melissa Watkins was leaving to take up a new role.

Council released a statement stating that Ms Watkins had accepted a position as development and environment director with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.

Her resignation is effective from June 8 and will end 16 years of service to the Dubbo community.

Ms Watkins was appointed Director of Planning and Environment for Dubbo Regional Council in July 2017 following an organisational restructure, and previously held positions as environmental services director for Dubbo Regional Council and the former Dubbo City Council.

“I have personally thanked Melissa Watkins for her leadership of the Division,” council’s chief executive officer Michael McMahon said.

“Melissa has been a key part of the Executive Leadership team driving the development of a new draft Community Strategic Plan and the expansion and strengthening of planning services in Wellington.”

“She has also been responsible for the strategic management of a diverse portfolio of services including City Strategy, Environment and Health Services, Ranger Services and Building and Development Services,” Mr McMahon said.

Building and development services manager Stephen Wallace will be appointed Acting Director of Planning and Environment from June 11, pending a future recruitment process for a permanent director.