Cleland Sneddon appointed as South Lanarkshire Council’s new chief executive

South Lanarkshire Council has appointed Cleland Sneddon as its new chief executive.

Cleland Sneddon appointed as South Lanarkshire Council's new chief executive

Cleland Sneddon

Mr Sneddon has been appointed following what the council called a ‘rigorous selection process’ which ended on September 20th.

South Lanarkshire Council leader John Ross said: “I am delighted to be able to appoint Cleland Sneddon to the post of chief executive of South Lanarkshire Council. He stood out in a very talented field of shortlisted candidates and will bring a wealth of experience in local government to the role. I am particularly pleased to see Cleland returning to South Lanarkshire, bringing the experience he has gained from other authorities.”

His appointment follows the announcement that he would step down as Argyll and Bute Council CEO.

The council said it was disappointed to lose Mr Sneddon after almost a decade of dedicated service to the people of Argyll and Bute.

Early in Mr Sneddon’s career, he worked at South Lanarkshire Council between 1996 and 2008, following which he had a period at Midlothian Council and was Argyll and Bute’s executive director of community services.

Mr Sneddon said: “It is an honour to be selected for this position and I cannot wait to get started in my new role. South Lanarkshire Council is known as a forward-thinking and well-performing local authority and I am looking forward to building that reputation further and making sure that we deliver the best possible services for local residents.”

Cleland Sneddon will replace Lindsay Freeland, who has retired as chief executive after more than seven years in the post.

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