Social work chief retires

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John Alexander, director of Social Work Services for Dumfries and Galloway, is to retire.

John has been in his position with the council since 2007, prior to which he has spent over 30 years working in local government.

John has led some key projects, including the implementation of the Social Work Change Programme which introduced new and innovative ways of working within the service to reflect the changing needs of the population. John also led work in bringing the Merkland ordeal to an end by providing closure to the adults who were adversely affected.

John said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as director of Social Work Services and have always been hugely enthusiastic about it. The post has been a challenging one and I have experienced many changes during my career.

“Social work is developing rapidly; no two days are the same. It is both interesting and engaging.

“Our council is about to embark on huge changes within Social Work Services. Due to a change in family circumstances, I feel that I am not in a position to devote the necessary time and energy required to address these.

“My successor faces an exciting and challenging time contributing significantly to taking the service forward.”

John will leave at the end of June.