Cumbria County Council's head of comms Steve Park is heading to Newcastle to take the top comms role there.
He will replace current interim head of comms Linda Scott, who will travel in the opposite direction to cover the Cumbria job until a permanent appointment is made.
Park, who has led the comms team in Cumbria for the past four years, said: 'It's the easiest handover I've had.'
Scott added: 'Steve and I have been able to swap information on the key issues and challenges, and we will continue to do so as we take up our new roles.'
Scott has been covering the Newcastle role for five months, before which she was head of comms at Hull City Council.