A Western Isles councillor is to step down next month.
Archie Campbell was elected to the local authority in 1999, representing Paible ward.
He became vice-chairman of sustainable development, rising to chairman in 2003.
Mr Campbell, a former teacher, was re-elected to that position in 2007 and 2012 when he regained his council seat.
He said: “It has been a great privilege and a wonderful experience to serve the local community as an elected member of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar over these 15 years. It has also been a pleasure to work with my colleagues in the ward, councillors Uisdean Robertson and Neil Beaton, and I wish them every success in their continuing role in the council.”
The leader and convener of Western Isles Council have both paid tribute to their colleague.
Leader Angus Campbell said: “Archie has been a good colleague for many years and his hard work and humour will be missed.
“He will also be missed as a local representative by his constituents for whom he worked diligently over the past 15 years though I am sure he will continue to be a valued member of the community. I wish Archie a long and happy retirement.”
Convener Norman A Macdonald said: “Archie served the people of North Uist and Benbecula well during his time on the comhairle and he also served the people of the wider Western Isles in his role as vice-chairman and then chairman of the development committee. Archie will be remembered during his time as a councillor as someone who would weigh up the arguments of a particular discussion, reach a decision and stick with that decision. He always did so with good humour and respect for his comhairle colleagues.
“Archie has had a long, successful, professional and political career and he now deserves to enjoy more time with his wife, Ada and their children Eilidh, Sarah and Alasdair and their six grandchildren.”