But after just seven weeks in Blackpool, Gillian has now been named as the new editor of Preston-based sister title the Lancashire Evening Post.
The move was announced to staff on Friday as part of a shake-up that will also see several senior editorial figures leaving the company.
As well as editing the Post, she will also assume control of sister weekly the Chorley Guardian.
The move means the Gazette job now goes to John Rhodes, who was previously the news editor.
Alison Bott, who was deputy editor of the Gazette and whose job had been due to disappear as part of the restructure, has opted to take redundancy and left the paper on Friday.
And Garstang editor Richard Machin has already left to take up the role of news editor of the North West Evening Mail.
The Lancaster and Garstang roles are being merged as part of the restructure, but it understood that Steve has opted for redundancy rather than take on the combined role.
It means a late reprieve for Nicola Adam, whose role at the Chorley Guardian disappeared as part of the restructure and who had been at risk of redundancy as part of the changes.
However Mike Hill, whose job as deputy editor of the LEP was also due to disappear, is to be kept on in a new role with a roving editorial brief.
He has been appointed associate editor of the LEP, but with a wider brief that also includes Blackpool.
The latest changes come as journalists at the LEP warn that they will consider strike action in the event of any compulsory redundancies at the newspaper.
It read: “The brutal removal of editorial director, Simon Reynolds, and the decision to make redundant positions of other senior management within the business has left the employees of the company stunned and concerned about their own futures.
“We are disgusted by the actions taken against these members of staff who have served the Lancashire Evening Post Ltd and Johnston Press with distinction for considerable periods and built the title to be worthy of the title of the best in the North West of England.”
The chapel says it will hold a ballot for industrial action in the event of a single compulsory redundancy affecting any NUJ chapel member.
Johnston Press did not wish to comment on the letter.