2014 is likely to be an extremely busy year for Ballyduff man, Michael Walsh, who has been appointed the new Waterford City and County manager. The former county hurler took over the post on January 1st, having served as City Manager since 2007.
He was part of the implementation group set up to oversee the merger of Waterford County and Waterford City Council as part of local Government reform. The two bodies will be merged following the local elections in May.
Mr Walsh worked as an executive engineer with Waterford County Council and a senior executive engineer in Limerick before moving to Waterford City Council to work as a senior engineer. He went on to become Director of Planning and Environment before being appointed City Manager.
Married, with a family, he played hurling for his county in the early 1980s. His brother Mossie played at the same time. Mr Walsh managed Waterford’s Intermediate side to the All Ireland final in 2007.
His new role will be a challenging one as he oversees the merger and implements plans for revised sub-county structures and manages planning and development issues.