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Thursday, 16 September 2010

South Ayrshire Councillors mark Graham Peterkin’s last Council meeting

ALL thirty elected members of South Ayrshire Council bid a formal farewell to Graham Peterkin, Executive Director of Development and Environment at his last Council meeting before he retires.

Mr Peterkin retires at the end of the month after 39 years in local government – most of which has been in South Ayrshire. His first job was in the Town Clerk’s Office in Kilmarnock in 1969 – a job he remembers fondly as he met his wife there!

Since then he has worked through two local government reorganisations and seen numerous changes and restructures within the different authorities and he has filled a number of roles, including Acting Chief Executive at South Ayrshire Council.

Provost Winifred Sloan presented Graham with a gift on behalf of the elected members, saying: “We’re all going to miss Graham both on a professional and a personal basis. He has played a vital role in this Council and been a huge support for all of us. I wish him all the very best for the future.”

Leader of South Ayrshire Council, Councillor Bill McIntosh, said: “I wish Graham all the very best in his retirement and thank him for the huge amount of service he has given to this area. South Ayrshire Council would not be in as strong a position today were it not for Graham who showed tremendous leadership and commitment as he helped set this Council on its improvement journey some three years ago.

“The transformation of the Council is quite incredible and we are indebted to Graham for his efforts – the continuation of our improvement journey will be his legacy.”

Councillor Douglas Campbell added: “Graham is a devoted public servant and I have welcomed his advice on many occasions over the years. While he is retiring from the Council, I know he still has lots to give to the people of South Ayrshire and I have every confidence that is what he will do. I wish him well.”

Councillor Nan McFarlane, Leader of the SNP Group, said: “On behalf of the SNP Councillors, I wish Graham a very happy retirement and hope it is all he wants it to be.”

Councillor John McDowall, Leader of the Labour Group, said: “Graham has always been a great source of advice and guidance for elected members. He epitomises all that a Council officer should be and would, I’m sure, make a better politician than many of us! He will be sorely missed. On behalf of the Labour Group, I wish him a long and happy retirement for years to come.”

Graham said: “I was overwhelmed by the good wishes from elected members and I would like to thank them all for their kind words. I have thoroughly enjoyed my career in local government and am delighted I have had an opportunity to work for this area.

“I am passionate about public service – it defines who we are as a society and a country – and I am passionate about this area. I’ve lived most of my life in South Ayrshire and I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to contribute to public service in this part of the world.

“I am pleased to be leaving with the Council in a much stronger position and moving in the right direction and I thank the employees who have helped make this a reality. I’ve been lucky to work with many talented people over the years and the Council has fantastic staff who will deal with the challenges ahead for local government in a positive and productive way.

“I’m proud to have played my part and I will continue to watch the Council’s progress with interest.”

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