No comment on Aberdeen police chief reports
Police Scotland is not commenting on reports Aberdeen's most senior police officer is to step down.
A report to city councillors says Ch Supt Adrian Watson is to retire and his replacement has already been nominated.
The report to go before councillors includes a letter from former Ch Con Sir Stephen House announcing Ch Supt Campbell Thomson has been nominated.
The post is commander of a newly-merged North East division.
Ch Supt Watson has been the senior police officer in Aberdeen since the setting up of a single force in Scotland in 2013.
It was announced in October the existing Aberdeen division would join Aberdeenshire and Moray to become the North East division, based in Aberdeen, from January.
Police Scotland would not confirm any changes about the post, and said there had been no formal announcements regarding the appointment of a commander.