THE chief executive of the county council has announced he will step down.
Andrew Smith will quit his post at Hampshire County Council later this year, having been appointed in 2007.
Council leader Councillor Roy Perry said: ‘Andrew has led the county council in an exemplary manner through the most difficult times.
‘He has also made an outstanding contribution to Hampshire as a place, and to the organisation that he has led.’
Mr Smith said: ‘It has been a real and true privilege to lead the county council.’