The joint chief executive of Cherwell District and South Northamptonshire Councils has announced she will step down from her post in March next year.
Sue Smith made the announcement to staff and councillors last Thursday citing her impending 60th birthday as the catalyst for her decision.
She will remain in charge of the two councils until March 2017 before reviewing her options to take up a less demanding post elsewhere.
Sue said: “I have spent 37 years working in local government and have thoroughly enjoyed the challenges this has brought. The last five years have been spent at Cherwell and South Northants where there have been too many success stories to mention; however I think the implementation of the joint working initiative across the two authorities does stand out for me.”