SHROPSHIRE has app-ointed a new county solicitor to replace Eversheds recruit Stephen Matthew.
David Brierley is promoted to the county council's top legal job following a three-year spell as deputy county secretary.
Brierley's chief role will be to handle his division's bid for contracts under competitive tendering.
He has been with Shropshire for 22 years, joining as an assistant, from Aldershot Council. Before that he was at Wolverhampton Council, where he was articled.
Brierley's new department has recently been relocated in the council's central services directorate as part of a restructuring programme.
Matthew left earlier this year to join the public sector unit of Eversheds' office in Nottingham. He had been with the council for 15 years.
Bethan Evans, acting county solicitor at Avon County Council, has been appointed director of corporate services at the authority.
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