Civic leaders have praised the work of Western NSW LHD chief Scott McLachlan, after his surprise announcement he will depart the region next month.
Dubbo MP Dugald Saunders and Mayor Stephen Lawrence have worked closely with the health chief over the course of the region's COVID outbreak.
Mr Saunders fronted the daily 12pm update with Mr McLachlan and now retired Western Region Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner Geoff McKechnie.
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"I've known Scott now for probably 13 years, I've worked with him formerly as a broadcaster but also in my current role and I've always found him to be really supportive of the whole region from a health perspective, but also supportive in some of the tough decisions that have had to be made," Mr Saunders said.
"I'm not sure how he likes the sand and the surf, but I think it's a nice move for him and his family and gives him some different opportunities and some different scenarios to deal with than he's used to.
"He's man with great integrity, he's a man who always speaks his mind and he and I have had a great working relationship so I'll certainly miss Scott and I wish him all the very best for the future."
Clr Lawrence said Mr McLachlan's departure was a huge loss for the region.
"I've gotten to know him in the past, but more so since the delta outbreak began and I think the best way of summarising it, is to tell your readers what a colleague Mayor of mine said about Scott, which is that; 'You are so lucky to have Scott McLachlan, he's the gold standard when it comes to area health CEOs.
"Scott is a fantastic bloke, he's highly competent, he's a man of real integrity, he's a fantastic communicator, he's a great manager, we've been so lucky to have him in that leadership role during these really difficult times.
"I just wish him all best, he's going to be fondly remembered in our region for a long time. We wish him all the best in his new role, and we hope that somehow we see him back here."
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