Manchester City Council's chief executive Sir Howard Bernstein will retire next year.
Sir Howard, who joined the council as a junior clerk in 1971, has been in the role since 1998.
He has played a central role in the regeneration and economic growth of the city, including serving from 1996-99 as the chief executive of Manchester Millennium Ltd which oversaw the transformation of the city centre in the aftermath of the 1996 IRA bombing.
He was also instrumental in securing Manchester’s hosting of the 2002 Commonwealth Games – then the largest multi-sports event ever hosted in the UK – and the catalyst to the regeneration of East Manchester and the unparalleled investment in sport and leisure facilities focused around the Etihad Campus.
Sir Howard, who was knighted in 2003 for his services to the city, said:
Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Sir Howard is widely recognised as one of the great local government chief executives."
A meeting of the Council’s Personnel Committee will be convened shortly to begin the process of recruiting the next chief executive.