During his two years in charge at former daily title the Express & Echo, Jon-Paul oversaw a publishing frequency change from weekly to bi-weekly.
He had moved to the role in January 2014 after previously serving head of content for the Torquay Herald Express, where he had begun his career 12 years before.
Jon-Paul’s forthcoming departure and replacement by Patrick was announced yesterday.
“I intend to be self-employed, working as a media consultant for a while, and will continue to shout about the amazing things going on in Exeter.”
“I am incredibly proud of what the Echo has achieved in this remarkable city. The relocation to the centre of Exeter, where the paper belongs, has been a superb move.
“The launch of the Monday proved to be viable, and I fully expect it to continue to be so. The team have done all of this while growing our online audience.”
Patrick will take up his new combined role on 1 February.
After training at Exeter, he embarked on a career that has seen him working as a business journalist in the Middle East, writing for national newspapers and creating digital content for clients such as the Telegraph Media Group.
Patrick said: “I trod every street in Exeter as a trainee and have always loved the city.
“There are many challenges ahead but also some huge opportunities. I’m incredibly excited about the Express & Echo’s future and delighted to be asked to lead the team there.”