The Improvement Service has appointed an interim chief executive, initially for eight months, to succeed Colin Mair, who retires at the end of this month.
Sarah Gadsden, currently Director of Strategic Development and Collaboration within the Improvement Service, was chosen by the Improvement Service Board.
Commenting on the appointment, Councillor Alison Evison who chaired the recruitment panel, said: "I am very pleased to announce that Sarah Gadsden has been appointed as the Interim Chief Executive of the Improvement Service.
“The quality of candidates was high and I am sure that Sarah will bring drive, experience and passion to the role and she was the unanimous choice of the interview panel.
"I also want to take this opportunity to thank Colin Mair for his contribution both to the Improvement Service and Scottish local government over the last decade or so and wish him all the very best for the future.”
Commenting on her appointment Sarah Gadsden said: "I am really pleased to have been appointed to one of the top jobs in Scottish local government.
“Never mind years, there is no doubt that the next few weeks and months will be extremely challenging for all of us in the Scottish local government family.
“Scotland’s councils do a fabulous job every day delivering essential services for our communities and I will make sure that the Improvement Service continues to develop and support the local government improvement agenda.
“I believe that both myself and the team we have in place in Livingston have the ideas, skill-set and energy, to meet whatever comes at us and I cannot wait to get started and work with colleagues at COSLA, SOLACE, our member councils and wider public service partners.”