CHILDREN’S services director Ian Thomas is to leave his £145,000 role in Rotherham to take over a London council.
Mr Thomas was appointed in January 2015 to replace Joyce Thacker in the wake of the borough’s child sex abuse scandal.
More than £22 million has been invested in the department over the past four years, dragging its Ofsted rating from inadequate to good.
RMBC chief executive Sharon Kemp said: “He leaves the service and the council in a very good place.
“We are confident this will enable us to seek a replacement of equal calibre as quickly as we can.