Shetland Islands Council
The Shetland Islands Council is the local governmental authority for Shetland. The responsibility of the council include roads, health, education, council tax, and culture.
Due to the oil boom in Shetland in the latter part of the 20th century, the council was one of the richest in Britain, if measured on a by-person basis.
The Shetland Islands Council was officially formed on the 1st May 1975, combining the roles of the Zetland County Council and Lerwick Town Council, both of which stopped business in August following a local government reorganisation.
Shetland Islands Councillors are elected every 4 or 5 years and meet in the Lerwick Town Hall. The current Chief Executive is Mark Boden, who begun the role on in 2012.
Currently, there are 22 councillors representing 7 multi-member wards.
†Elected by by-election following the death of James M Manson.
*Elected by by-election following the death of Cecil Eunson.