A CIVIL servant who spent almost 40 years in local government - two with Moray Council - is retiring.
Director of environmental services Richard Hartland (61) will stand down in November.
He was previously head of planning and building standards with Highland Council before being appointed to the Moray job.
Roddy Burns, chief executive, said Mr Hartland had made a telling contribution during his short time with the council.
"Richard has been a valued member of the corporate management team since his arrival and the other members of the team have been able to draw on his 39 years’ experience in local government.
"We wish him well in his retirement."
Mr Hartland was brought up in Edinburgh, and began his career with the former Gordon District Council.
He then moved to West Lothian where he rose to become development control and building standards manager before moving to Highland in 2006.
Mr Hartland said: "I feel privileged to have been instrumental in the changing scene in planning and buildings standards and to have been involved in many exciting and important projects in economic development and job creation."
He added: "I wish colleagues well in taking both Moray Council and the Moray Community Planning Partnership forward."