Council appoints new chief executive

Aberdeenshire Council's new chief executive Jim Savege
Aberdeenshire Council's new chief executive Jim Savege

Aberdeenshire Council has appointed a new chief executive.

Jim Savege will take over in the New Year from Colin Mackenzie, who announced his retirement in September.

Mr Savege is currently corporate director for environment and community services at Cumbria County Council.

His career in local government spans more than a decade and his previous roles include deputy corporate director for human resources at Staffordshire County Council, before moving to Cumbria to take up the role of corporate director of human resources, and later his current post.

The council began its search for a replacement for Mr Mackenzie after he announced he was standing down from the post he had held since 2008, and a career in local government of more than 40 years.

The decision on his successor was confirmed last Wednesday by the authority’s councillor-led appointments committee.

Committee chair and council leader Councillor Jim Gifford said: “The recruitment process has been rigorous and I am grateful for the work of the committee and our advisors to help us reach this decision. I would like to be the first to offer my congratulations to Jim.”

Mr Savege said: “Having served the communities of Cumbria for many years, I believe I bring empathy and awareness of the challenges facing Aberdeenshire.

“My early priorities will be on making sure our budget plans are in good order and our services to protect those most vulnerable in society are robust.

“I am looking forward to establishing good working relationships with councillors and meeting key partners and am keen to get out and about to meet staff across all levels of the organisation.”