The chief executive of Aberdeenshire Council Colin Mackenzie has announced his retirement.
Mr Mackenzie was appointed chief executive in 2008, from his former role as director of housing and social work. He began his career as a social worker at Dundee City Council in 1973, joining Grampian Regional Council as social work manager in 1982.
In 2001, he was appointed director of housing and social work for Aberdeenshire Council and held this post until late 2008 when he became chief executive.
He has supported a range of high profile national activities including president of the Association of Directors of Social Work in 2005.
He currently represents the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives on the Scottish Government Group overseeing Health & Social Care Integration.
During his time as chief executive, Mr Mackenzie has transformed how the council engages with residents, going into communities to ask what they would do if they were in his shoes, and using that information to help set future priorities for the council.
He also streamlined the senior management structure in 2010, reducing the number of Chief Officers by a third, to contribute towards the delivery of £52 million savings.
Commenting on his decision, Mr Mackenzie said: “I believe that now is the right time for someone else to lead and shape the council as it moves into the challenging phase of continuing to deliver excellent local services within an era of significant financial constraint.
“I am very confident that we are in an excellent position to manage these challenges both locally and nationally positively,” he added.