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Director for environment stepping down after 12 years
5:46pm Friday 4th October 2013 in News
DIRECTOR for environment Miles Butler is stepping down from Dorset County Council at the end of December.
He has announced his retirement after more than 12 years on the authority’s corporate management team.
He said: "It has been a great pleasure to work with the many talented and skilful people that form my directorate.
“I will be doing all I can in my remaining time to ensure that I leave the directorate in the best possible shape for the challenging future we know we face."
Deputy director Mike Harries will become interim director in January as a permanent replacement is recruited.
Mr Butler’s time at the council included the development of the Jurassic Coast world heritage site as well as the sailing academy.
His watch also included the sailing events for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and construction of the Weymouth relief road.
In 2011 he apologised on behalf of the council along with the boss of Damory Coaches over a school bus fiasco when pupils were left stranded as vehicles failed to turn up or ran late.
Controversy also continues over the Weymouth Transport Package with ‘intelligent’ traffic lights replacing roundabouts on the harbourside near Asda, either side of the Swannery bridge and at the top of King Street for the Olympics.
Mr Butler joined the council as a director from Devon County Council in 2001.
Chief executive Debbie Ward said: "Miles is the council's longest-serving current director so we will all greatly miss his knowledge and experience.
“The services in environment are universal and highly valued by the public and Miles has risen to the many challenges that those services present.
“I am very grateful to him for his support and commitment over many years and wish him a long and happy retirement."
Mr Butler has spent much of his career working in economic development and regeneration and has just completed his year as chairman of the Association of Directors of Environment, Planning and Transportation.
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