ANOTHER of the Isle of Wight Council’s top officers is to leave.
Strategic director of Environment and Neighbourhoods Stuart Love has decided to leave the authority and is to become director of economy and environment at Southampton City Council.
It is not yet known exactly when he will leave or if he will be replaced.
The news follows the announcement last week that strategic director of community well-being and social care Ian Anderson was leaving the authority and would not be replaced.
If Mr Love was not replaced, it would leave Dave Burbage, managing director and strategic director of resources, as the only remaining strategic director. He took over as the council’s most senior officer following the departure of chief executive Steve Beynon earlier this year.
Mr Love joined the council in August 2006 from Westminster City Council, where he worked as head of road management.
During his time on the Isle of Wight he helped oversee the introduction of the Isle of Wight Highways PFI.
*The council has said it will consider the vacancy left by Mr Love's departure as part of its review of services.
A spokesman said interim management arrangements were in place.
Managing director Dave Burbage said: "Stuart has made a significant and highly-valued contribution to the council over the past seven years, bringing vision, drive and great professionalism to the many services under the economy and environment brief.
"He has strategically led services in a period of major change and economic constraint, and I am confident over the coming years Island residents will continue to see the real benefits of his important contribution.
"Most notably this includes areas such as the highways PFI project, the improvements to waste collection and recycling services on the Island, and a wide range of projects to help revive the Island’s economy."
Council leader, Councillor Ian Stephens, said: "We have been very fortunate to have benefited from the skills and expertise of Stuart over what has often been a difficult period for the council.
"His involvement will be a great loss to both the council and the Island, but naturally we wish him every success in his future post with Southampton City Council."