THE chief executive of Chichester District Council has announced his retirement after almost 40 years in local government.
John Marsland has worked for CDC for 22 years and is credited with helping it become one of the country’s top performing councils and winning many awards under his leadership.
Mr Marsland, who retires at the end of December, said: “It was a great honour to be appointed chief executive in 1996.
“I have been really lucky to work with some incredible people – and work in one of the most beautiful places in the country.
“We have had to deal with many challenges – including the recession and reductions in government funding – but our staff and councillors have worked together to find solutions.
“This has meant that although we still face difficult times, we are more prepared than most.
“This is due to the high calibre of staff and councillors that we have.
“We also have a strong leadership team and so I know that I am leaving the council in safe hands.
“I will really miss everyone and would like to thank them for all of their help and support over the years.
“Now, I look forward to spending some quality time with my family and friends.”
An advisory panel has been set up to decide how to fill the post.
CDC leader Councilor Heather Caird said he would be a tough act to follow and had steered the council through good times and bad.
“His aim has always been to make a difference to people’s lives and deliver the best possible services,” she said.