Boss is not only change

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More than just a change of chief ex­­ec­­­utive may be afoot at Queens­­­­­­­­town Lakes District Council. Following last week’s dumping of incumbent Duncan Field (right) in favour of English­woman Debra Lawson, QLDC’s 110 staff appear to be facing organisational upheaval.

In the top job’s “position description”, applicants were told QLDC was looking for experience in just two areas – “significant leadership experience” and “managing complex change projects”.

There’s no elaboration on “complex change”.

Lawson can also hardly complain about the heat she’ll face – another section of the job description says: “The position is exposed to more than usual public scrutiny.”

Lawson starts in March on less than Field, a package of $250,000 compared with Field’s $280,000.

The regime change follows a Chamber of Commerce call for new blood and an independent poll commissioned by Mountain Scene in which two-thirds of businessfolk didn’t want Field reappointed.