TORRIDGE District Council has welcomed a new senior solicitor to its team.
Jamie Hollis joined Torridge from Southampton City Council where he worked as a senior corporate solicitor.
Mr Hollis was born and brought up in Wellington, New Zealand, and said he is looking forward to his new post.
He said: “This is a difficult time for all local authorities but I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead.
“I like the way Torridge works and how the council is always planning for the future.”
Head of paid service at Torridge, Jenny Wallace, said: “Jamie brings with him years of experience and a fresh perspective to the issues the council faces.
“We’re all looking forward to working with him doing our best for Torridge over the next few demanding years.”
Leader of the council Philip Collins said Jamie shone through a tough selection process.
Mr Collins said: “We know we’ve got a first class officer on board.
“I welcome him to our staff, and look forward to having his skills available to help team Torridge move forward in these challenging times with some quite complex legal matters.”