Former Depute Chief Executive, Elizabeth Morton, who retired from East Ayrshire Council on 31 March, was back in Council HQ recently for a presentation to mark her retirement and over 40 years of dedicated service to local government.
Elizabeth, who was joined at the presentation by her mother and husband Gerry, grew up in Dalmellington and is a lifelong resident of East Ayrshire. She began her local government career as a legal apprentice/legal executive with Ayr County Council and Cunninghame District Council and since then has spent most of her working life in Ayrshire Councils.
Provost Jim Todd, Councillors Douglas Reid, Tom Cook and Maureen McKay each paid a warm tribute to Elizabeth’s service, her expertise and her dedication to the communities of East Ayrshire; while Chief Executive Fiona Lees, paid tribute to Elizabeth in both a work and a personal capacity.
Fiona Lees said: “Elizabeth has dedicated her life’s work to delivering long and lasting change and should be incredibly proud of all that she is achieved during her career. As a lifelong resident of East Ayrshire, Elizabeth is an enthusiastic advocate of all the great things the area has to offer. She has led a wide range of services and has helped to shape our Council, to ensure that our communities are at the heart of everything we do.
“Elizabeth has led on significant investment in our town centres, through ambitious and extensive regeneration projects, all designed to increase the viability, vitality and sustainability of our towns. Elizabeth has been a champion of change and has supported new and innovative ways of working.
“She has been instrumental in taking forward our arrangements for new council housing and council house improvements and has supported the roll-out of enhanced recycling arrangements.
“The retirement presentation was a fitting tribute to Elizabeth, who has always displayed a practical and professional approach to everything she has done and who has served her community, with great commitment and compassion.”