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Greenhill goes quietly

THE FORMER executive director of Shetland Islands Council’s infrastructure department is taking voluntary redundancy and officially leaves the council on Wednesday.

Gordon Greenhill joined the council three years ago after retiring from a senior position with Edinburgh City Council, but was passed over when his job was re-advertised this year as part of the SIC’s improvement plan.

The 55 year old issued a statement on Tuesday, saying: “I have enjoyed working for the council and the people of Shetland, even through some of the more challenging times, and hope that the council is successful with its objectives.”

Mr Greenhill played a major part in negotiations with the crews working at the council-operated port at Sullom Voe, which ended up with a threat of strike action by tugmen before being resolved once new infrastructure director Phil Crossland was in post.

The reorganisation of the SIC’s senior management has so far delivered annual savings of £700,000.

The council is trying to save £1 million a year from rearranging its management structure, as part of an overall savings plan of £26 million over two years.