Buckinghamshire County Council has appointed a corporate communications manager following its move to a leader and cabinet administration model.
Taking up the post at the end of this month, Mike McCabe has a brief to overhaul internal communications following the council's transition from the traditional mayoral model to a cabinet administration last November.
'The need for effective, good communications in the public sector has been rising dramatically for some time, and the change of the leadership structure at such an exciting county council as Buckinghamshire adds to that need,' said McCabe, who has spent the last two-and-a-half years as Chester City Council head of communications.
He will report to the new BCC chief executive officer Chris Williams.
McCabe replaces former head of corporate communications, Roger Russell, who has left to join PricewaterhouseCoopers.
'My biggest priority will be to change the internal communications to suit the leadership changes. But there is also a big emphasis to enhance external communications and overall media operations with our partnerships and community organisations, with whom we have more and more dealings,' added McCabe, who will lead a team of five.
Prior to joining CCC - which has yet to appoint a replacement - McCabe worked for six years at Gloucester City Council as a communications officer.
There he managed a three-year communication programme - acting as the council spokesman - arising from the Fred and Rosemary West murders in Cromwell Street.
He has also worked for Chesterfield Borough Council, Lincoln City Council and the Lord Chancellor's Department.