The chief executive of Wigan MBC Donna Hall has announced she is to retire next year.
Ms Hall joined Wigan in 2011 initially as deputy chief executive before taking on the top role six months later.
She said: “The last eight years have been the best of my working life.
“I have really loved working with all 5,000 of our hard-working, compassionate, amazing staff who have all pulled together despite the cuts to deliver the best possible services for our residents.
“I would like to thank them from the bottom of my heart.
“It is a really difficult decision to make to choose to retire because I have loved Wigan so much but I feel the time is right for a new chief executive to continue the brilliant work we have done over the years through The Deal.”
David Molyneux (Lab), Wigan leader, said: “Donna has given incredible service to Wigan over the past eight years and we certainly wouldn’t be the council we are today without Donna serving as chief executive.
“On behalf of the council, all councillors, staff and the people of the borough I would like to place on record our gratitude to Donna for what has been aremarkable eight years in Wigan.”
Ms Hall, who is also accountable officer for the town’s clinical commissioning group, joined Wigan from Chorley BC where she was chief executive and also previously worked in Blackburn with Darwen BC and Salford City Council
She was awarded a CBE for services to local government in 2010.