Aberdeenshire Council’s chief executive has announced his retirement.
Colin Mackenzie was appointed in 2008 from his role as housing and social work director.
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 housing and social work director for Aberdeenshire and held the post until late 2008.
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.”
Council leader Jim Gifford acknowledged the chief executive’s contribution in a career in local government that has spanned more than 40 years.
He said: “Colin has demonstrated inspirational leadership to the workforce and has continued to build on the council’s excellent reputation for delivering vital public services, and managing its finances robustly.”
Mr Mackenzie will remain in post until his replacement has been appointed.