North Lanarkshire Council chief executive Paul Jukes has announced his intention to retire later this year.
Mr Jukes (59) has served North Lanarkshire Council – and its predecessor Motherwell District – for 31 years having joined as an assistant director of leisure services in 1987.
In 1999 he was appointed director of community services, a post he held until internal re-organisation in 2007 created environmental services.
Mr Jukes was appointed chief executive in 2015 following the retirement of Gavin Whitefield.
He said: “I am very proud to have been able to serve the council and its communities throughout these years.
“I believe that we have come a long way in the last three years. The operations of the council have been transformed, with refreshed priorities and a new structure, and the introduction of ASPIRE. We are ambitious for our communities and we have set out those ambitions across our services. And we are well-placed to deal with the challenges ahead.
“It has been my privilege to work with some outstanding people in these 31 years. It’s safe to say that three decades is a long time in local government, with many different priorities and challenges, but one thing has not changed: the clear examples of commitment to local communities that I see every day. Across all levels of the organisation I am inspired by the efforts councillors and staff make to go above and beyond the call of duty.”
Council leader Jim Logue added: “I have worked closely with Paul since the council came into being in 1996. He has been a tremendous asset to the council and its communities throughout his service and I would like to thank him for his commitment.
“He will be hard to replace, but he has set a direction which stands the organisation in good stead for the future.”
Mr Jukes is married with two sons and two grandchildren.