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Dundee City Council chief David Dorward to retire

David Dorward Image copyright Dundee City Council
Image caption David Dorward said he felt "privileged" to have served in local government for 43 years

Dundee City Council chief executive David Dorward is to retire from his post.

The 60-year-old is to step down at the end of November following a career of 43 years in local government.

Mr Dorward will have served as the city council's chief executive for just over five years when he retires.

He said he felt "privileged" to have served Tayside local authorities for so long, despite facing "challenging" times in recent years.

Mr Dorward joined Perth & Kinross Joint County Council as an accountancy assistant in 1971.

He was depute director of finance at Tayside Region and director of finance at Dundee City Council before becoming chief executive in 2009.

He said: "I feel privileged to have served in local government for over forty years and especially as chief executive at Dundee City Council.

"There is no doubt that the last few years have been challenging, but the regeneration of Dundee is continuing apace and there are tremendous opportunities emerging for the future.

"Councillors and local authority staff are dedicated to delivering services for people and helping to improve our communities. I would like thank them all for their commitment and their efforts on behalf of the city."

City council leader Ken Guild added: "I wish David all the best for the future. I would also like to recognise the huge contribution he has made to the city of Dundee over the years."

Mr Dorward is the latest of several local authority chiefs to step down this year, following his Stirling counterpart Bob Jack and Aberdeen City Council chief Valerie Watts.

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