THE chief executive is retiring from Clackmannanshire Council in May, it has been confirmed.

Elaine McPherson, the council's most senior non-elected figure, worked in the public sector for 31 years, spending 26 of those with the Wee County local authority in five different roles.

She held her current role of chief executive for nearly seven years and said: “I have spent the majority of my local government career in Clackmannanshire.

“It has been a privilege to serve the council and local communities.

“I would like to thank everyone at the council for their commitment and hard work and for the support I have had over the piece.

“I wish the council every success going forward.”

It is understood a report on future senior management arrangements will be tabled for elected members to consider in the near-future.

Councillor Les Sharp, leader of the administration, added: “I would like to thank Elaine for her many years of service and contributions she has given to local government.

“My personal thanks go to her for the encouragement and support I have received as leader of the council and I wish her all the very best for her future."

It is understood the chief executive is retiring early, on a voluntary basis, and will receive no redundancy or other payments from the council.