Lancaster City Council’s chief executive says his 16 years in charge have been “an absolute privilege” after announcing he is to retire next summer.
Mark Cullinan, who has been the city council’s chief executive since 2000, has worked in local government since 1972.
He was originally employed by Warwickshire County Council, then Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council and prior to his present post, as Director of Social Services with the City of Wakefield Metropolitan Council.
He said: “Although my retirement is still 12 months away, I would like to place on record that it has been an absolute privilege to have worked for Lancaster City Council.
I have always been tremendously impressed by the selfless community leadership, commitment and passion shown by the elected members. As for the council’s employees, I am extremely proud to have worked with them and pay tribute to them for their continuous dedication to providing fantastic public service to our citizens in the face of very challenging circumstances.”
Coun Eileen Blamire, Leader of the council, said: “Mark has indicated his intention to retire in 12 months’ time, having spent 16 years as Chief Executive of Lancaster City Council. Between now and June 2016 the council will be using the time available to consider how it wishes to fill the vacancy.”