ANGLESEY County Council’s Chief Executive has announced his retirement.

Dr Gwynne Jones will step down from his role in October.

According to the council's leader Councillor Llinos Medi, he leaves the authority in a "far stronger position."

He informed members of the Appointment Panel of his decision on Monday (July 1).

The process of finding his successor will begin shortly.

Dr Jones said: “It has been a difficult decision for me personally, as I have enjoyed the role immensely.

"I was born and raised on Anglesey and it has been an honour to contribute to the lives of its residents. I have decided, however, that the time is now right for me to retire.

“Local government still faces significant challenges in these times of austerity.

"I have been fortunate to have a team of hugely dedicated and professional staff around me; and elected members who have afforded me their trust and support.”

He added: “There have, of course, been challenging times, but we have achieved a great deal despite our depleted budgets year on year.

"I will certainly look back at my time here with fondness and pride.”

Dr Gwynne Jones took on the role in June 2015. He had previously spent three years as the Anglesey County Council’s director of Lifelong Learning.

Before joining Anglesey in April 2012, he had worked as Chief Executive of Cynnal – the curriculum and ICT support agency which works across Anglesey and Gwynedd.

He also served as head of schools at Gwynedd Council between 2003-2006.

Cllr Llinos Medi said: “During his time as our Chief Executive, Gwynne has shown real vision, drive and the utmost dedication.”

“This has been reflected in the progress made in transforming key public services and the numerous positive reports published by our regulators in recent years.

"He will leave his post later this year with our best wishes and safe in the knowledge that this authority is in a far stronger position due to his efforts.”

She added: “I’m sure I speak on behalf of all our elected members as I wish him well in his retirement.”