WARM tributes have been paid to a former senior council officer killed in a landslide in the Himalayas.
Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) leaders have paid tribute to Alan Slater, who was formerly head of strategic housing and spatial planning for the authority.
Mr Slater, 67, had been on a month-long expedition to the mountain range where he had scaled 17,100 ft Shetidhar peak.
But the experienced mountaineer was killed on October 11 when the landslide struck.
Mr Slater retired from CWaC last year following a long career in local government. Council chief executive Steve Robinson has led the tributes.
He said: “Alan was greatly liked and admired by friends and colleagues. His death has come as a tremendous shock.
“I’ve personally known Alan for nearly 20 years and I know he had the utmost respect of myself, colleagues and partners.
“He was a leader who was admired for his energy, passion and an enthusiasm that was infectious. He was loved by so many and he will be greatly missed.”
Mr Slater, who lived in Walton, spent the majority of his career at Liverpool City Council before joining CWaC in 2009.
He leaves behind his wife Margaret, son Andrew, four grandchildren and four great-grandchioldren.
He had climbed mountains across the world, including Kilimanjaro which he conquered in a fundraising effort last year with Cllr Alan McKie and their friend Ian Hamilton-Burke.
The trio, who nicknamed themselves ‘Three Old Men on a Mountain’, achieved their aim to raise enough money to pay for an apprentice for the Weaver Vale Housing Trust independent living team.
Council leader Mike Jones said: “Alan played a key role within CWaC from its inception, making a tremendous contribution by helping to bring together three separate housing departments.
“He was a very popular figure in the council. Many staff will recall his incredible fundraising effort in conquering Kilimanjaro.
“Our thoughts are with Alan’s wife and family at this very sad time.”
Cllr Angela Claydon, opposition spokesperson for housing, said: “I was deeply saddened to hear of Alan’s untimely death, as I worked closely with him on Ellesmere Port Housing. He will be fondly remembered as a tireless and dedicated officer and colleague, who made a great contribution to local government.”