Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Aberdeen chief exec resigns

  • Comment
The chief executive of embattled Aberdeen City Council is to take early retirement as regulators probe the council’s accounts amid unpopular plans to make£27m worth of cuts.

Douglas Paterson is to take retirement a year earlier than planned.

He said: "This seems to me to be the right thing to do. After 12 years at the helm of Scotland's ‘third city’ we are at a moment in time which just seems right for me to hand over the reins and allow someone to bring a fresh impetus to one of the best jobs in Scotland and drive the council forward.”

£5m lost through land and buildings sale

The move comes as police investigate£5m losses on the authority’s property disposal programme uncovered by Audit Scotland, which found that officers had sold land and buildings too cheaply.

This week (12 and 13 May) auditors from Scotland’s Accounts Commission were taking evidence at a rare hearing at the council’s offices (LGCPlus, 11 April)

Mr Paterson added: "I had planned to retire in just over a year’s time, however the fact that we are due to review progress later this year and we will also have the findings of the Accounts Commission hearing it would be best for the council and the new chief executive for him or her to be part of that process now. "

He added that his resignation allows the "new incumbent a clear, uninterrupted run at the job and allows him or her, with the support of the new management team, the chance to inject a fresh impetus and build on what has been achieved to date".

Council leader Cllr Kate Dean (Lib Dem) said: "As leader of the administration I will be recommending to the council that we approve our chief executive's request for early retirement although I do this with considerable regret."

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.