Stanton joins in the new post of assistant director of communications, a role created following a council-wide restructure at East Herts last year.
This saw the scrapping of the CEO role, last filled by Roger Bailey, to be replaced by three directors. These include former Suffolk County Council's communications head Rachel Stoppard as marketing director, with responsibility for consultation, community planning, comms, customer services and museums (PRWeek, 28 June 2002).
Stanton, who reports to Stoppard, said of her new role - which links customer services with comms: 'In all local authorities, improving the relationship with its customers is important, and the communications function has a vital role to play in that.'
Reporting to Stanton will be a customer services manager and a PR manager, as well as two PROs and customer services staff.
Stanton joined Essex just over two years ago and oversaw a restructure of the communications function in 2001. She was previously head of corporate communications at Hertfordshire County Council.
Stanton, who joins East Herts in April, is also a former chair of local government PR association SCUPRO, which has since been renamed LG Communications.
Later this month, Essex County Council will launch a hunt for a replacement for Stanton, who heads a 40-strong team covering media, publicity, marketing, internal communications and strategy.
The council's PR department won five awards at this year's IPR East Anglian Region Cream Awards. It won the Best In-house Team of the Year accolade and awards in the Best Use of Photography, Best Integrated Campaign, Best In-house Campaign and Best Newsletter categories.