Southend-on-Sea BC chief executive Rob Tinlin has announced he will retire at the end of March 2017.
Mr Tinlin has been chief executive of the unitary since March 2005. He has worked in the public sector since 1974, beginning as a planner in the Scottish Development Department before working in planning in a number of Scottish and English councils and later being appointed head of policy at East Lothian Council.
In March 1998 he was appointed chief executive of South Northamptonshire, where he remained until joining Southend.
Mr Tinlin said told LGC he did not yet have firm plans after March but that he would likely “look for opportunities” within local government after leaving Southend.
Mr Tinlin said: “With almost 40 years of council service under my belt and with my twelfth anniversary of appointment as Southend’s chief executive approaching, I feel the time is right to hand over the reins to fresh leadership.
“I hope that I leave the town and council in a better position than I inherited. I do know that I will leave the council in capable hands.”