THE chief executive of Adur and Worthing councils has retired after more than five years in the role.
Ian Lowrie, 63, who has been in local government for 37 years, left the top position at the end of the month.
He said: “After 37 years in local government and now, almost 64 years old, it is time for a change.
“The last five or six years, while we have developed the joint working between the two councils, have been the most fascinating and exciting of my career. I have been amazed at how many others are now doing the same and that so many others are following in our footsteps.
“It has certainly got the two councils into the local government press for positive reasons rather than some of the difficulties they have faced in the past, and it has saved local taxpayers millions of pounds too.”
Mr Lowrie has been replaced by Peter Latham, formerly strategic director of Adur and Worthing councils.
Mr Latham said: “It’s a privilege to take over the helm from Ian and build upon the excellent work the councils have already achieved.
“The next couple of years will not be easy with the financial difficulties the councils face. Residents share these same difficulties and we must all work together to ensure that services are provided, maintained and are relevant to the needs of local people.”
Mr Lowrie said he was also pleased with his role in the Shoreham Ropetackle development, and for conferring the Freedom of Shoreham to HMS Shoreham.
Leader of Worthing council, Paul Yallop, said: “I should like to thank Ian for all he has done during his time in Worthing.
“It has been an absolute pleasure to work with him. With his help, Worthing is in a good position to move forwards through difficult financial circumstances.”