Although deeply regretful of the resignation of Alun Michael last week, the WLGA welcomes the opportunity for constructive and positive dialogue with Rhodri Morgan and is keen that the common understanding between central and local government in Wales established under Alun Michael will continue to flourish.
Harry Jones, leader of the Welsh Local Government Association, said:
'Local government in Wales welcomes the opportunity to work with Rhodri Morgan as the new first secretary of Wales. We are confident that Rhodri Morgan will reinforce the cordial and effective relationship established between Alun and local government. We have already enjoyed working with Mr Morgan in the field of economic development, and look forward to building upon this experience'.
'The mutual respect held between Alun Michael and local government in Wales ensured effective working relationships and partnership between central and local government. This is clearly seen in the workings of the partnership council, a institution where significant developments for the future governance of Wales will be achieved'.
Noel Crowley, presiding officer of the WLGA praised the former first secretary of the assembly:
'Alun Michael's contribution over the last 15 months in guiding the fledgling assembly through its formative steps has had an indelible effect on Wales and the Welsh political arena. His achievements are greatly appreciated by the association and by all in local government.
'Alun was a good friend to local government and people in Wales, and we are sure that he will continue to be in the future'.