Barnsley MBC’s chief executive Diana Terris has announced her retirement after nearly seven years in the role.
Ms Terris, who was formerly chief executive of Warrington BC for six years before joining Barnsley in 2012, said it had been a difficult decision to leave the council next year.
She said: “It’s a huge pleasure and privilege to be part of Barnsley council. Our staff are a fantastic team, full of integrity and passion for the work they do; demonstrating our values and delivering our vision day in and day out.
“They impress me every day. I want to thank them and say how proud I am of them all, their talent and ability never ceases to amaze me.”
Barnsley leader Steve Houghton (Lab) said the council had been transformed over the last seven years, highlighting service improvements in adult and children’s social care.
He added: “I know from experience that none of these things are achieved without strong, transformational leadership and that is undoubtedly the legacy that Diana will leave when she retires next year.
“In my view, and our staff tell me this when we meet, the organisation, both in shape and culture, has been radically transformed and improved under Diana’s leadership and we’ll recognise and celebrate this in the coming months.”