Cllr Katrina Farquhar is to leave her post as a councillor for Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside

It has been confirmed today that Cllr Katrina Farquhar is to leave her post as a councillor for Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside.

Her resignation was accepted by the council’s Chief Executive earlier today. It is understood she is moving to a new role which prevents her from holding a position as an elected member.

Cllr Farquhar has been a member of Aberdeenshire Council since the election in 2012. She will continue in her role until the 31st December.

CE Jim Savege said: “We wish her all the very best in her new role. Cllr Farquhar has been a great ambassador for the upper Deeside community and is a well-respected councillor.”

Cllr Richard Thomson, co-leader of Aberdeenshire Council said: “Cllr Farquhar will be missed by councillors from across the political spectrum. As newly elected councillors, we served together on the Scrutiny and Audit Committee, where her friendly, open, no-nonsense attitude won her friends and respect in equal measure. She has served her constituents very well indeed, particularly in the aftermath of last year's terrible flooding. I wish her every success in future."

Cllr Alison Evison, co-leader of Aberdeenshire Council said: "I have enjoyed working with Cllr Farquhar. She has been greatly valued for her service to her local community. She has also made an important contribution as a female voice in the council. I wish her all the very best for the future."

Cllr Jim Gifford is the leader of the Aberdeenshire Alliance Group. He said: “The Alliance, and the wider council, will miss Cllr Farquhar. She is held in very high regard in her community as someone who got things done. I am delighted to hear that she is moving on to an exciting new role and wish her the very best.”

A vacancy will remain in that constituency until the local government elections in May.