Argyll and Bute Council’s executive director of community services, Cleland Sneddon, has been appointed as the authority’s new chief executive.
Mr Sneddon will take up his new post on May 9, after the departure of current top official Sally Loudon, who is moving to become chief executive of local authority umbrella group CoSLA.
Council leader Dick Walsh said: “We interviewed a very strong field of candidates, all of whom had skills and experience of value.
“In Cleland we will have a chief executive who understands the challenges, priorities and opportunities of our council and of our area. We will have a chief executive whose broad experience of local government and commitment to Argyll and Bute ensures focus on and action for the prosperous future the area deserves.”
Mr Sneddon added: “I have been proud to serve Argyll and Bute Council, as executive director, and am privileged now to take up the sought after role of its chief executive.
“Argyll and Bute is an amazing part of Scotland with outstanding potential. The council has a significant part to play in supporting and providing for our communities and in delivering future prosperity by turning economic opportunities into economic growth. Our staff are very much the key to our success; we have a loyal, committed and enterprising workforce and I am looking forward to working with them.”
Mr Sneddon, who previously worked for local authorities in Midlothian and South Lanarkshire in roles covering education, housing, HR, social work and leisure, joined Argyll and Bute Council in May 2010.
But he ran into controversy within a few months of his appointment over proposals to shut primary schools throughout the area - proposals which were shelved in June 2011 following a massive public outcry.