Stodter walks after Aberdeen shake-up

19th August 2005 at 01:00
Another education director has opted out of a council shake-up that will leave a city with no traditional education department.

John Stodter, aged 50, is quitting Aberdeen City Council after declining to apply for any of the six new corporate director posts. Mr Stodter is one of six departmental directors who will leave by the end of January. He has been in post for nearly 10 years but has seen his department shrink as responsibility for education was transferred to three neighbourhoods.

Douglas Paterson, Aberdeen chief executive, and a former education director in Grampian Region, is the architect of the reforms. Education functions have been steadily moved out from the centre and are likely to be further transferred to a children's service at neighbourhood level.

A new "corporate director for strategic leadership" will look after education in a remit that also includes social work, housing, planning, city development and economic development.

Mr Stodter said: "I have no clear plans but hope to remain in children's services or learning. This is a personal choice."

He is the second education director to leave his post within recent months.

George Waddell in Perth and Kinross took early retirement before the summer.

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