Highland Council chief Alistair Dodds to retire
Highland Council's chief executive is to retire at the end of August after 22 years with the local authority, the last six in the top post.
Alistair Dodds, originally from Kelso, moved to the Highlands in 1991 to join the former Highland Regional Council as depute director of manpower services.
He was appointed chief executive in 2007, taking over from Arthur McCourt who retired after 12 years in the post.
The council hopes to make a new appointment before Mr Dodds leaves.
Mr Dodds said his career had been highly challenging but also "incredibly stimulating, rewarding and enjoyable".
He added: "It has been a real privilege to serve the Highland Council and the Highland population over this period.
"I wish the council every success in the future."
Council leader Drew Hendry said Mr Dodds had made a huge contribution to the local authority.
He said: "He is respected not only in Highland but across Scotland. It will be a challenge to replace him.
"I wish him the best of health and contentment in his well deserved retirement."