Hertfordshire CC’s chief executive John Wood has announced his retirement – but he does not plan to leave until the end of March next year.
After 39 years working in local government, Mr Wood will have spent the last 28 of those at Hertfordshire by the time he retires.
Since joining the county council in 1991 Mr Wood has held various roles across the organisation including principal engineer for transport policy, head of forward planning, assistant director of strategy and director of environment. He was appointed chief executive in 2012.
Mr Wood said: “It has been an absolute privilege to serve what I regard as the best county council in the country and during my time at Hertfordshire I have worked with some great officers and members. They have placed their faith in me many times and given me some great opportunities for which I am very grateful.
“While there is never a good time to leave, I hope that by going public with my intentions early and sufficiently in advance of the next election, I will enable whoever gets appointed in the new role the chance to really get a feel for the organisation, the county and the challenges we face over the next few years.
“I am as happy and motivated today as I have ever been and with almost a year to go until I depart, I am determined to continue to deliver for the authority and the residents of Hertfordshire to the best of my abilities.”