A ceremony is being held on Friday to officially present the freedom of the Royal Borough to a dedicated senior officer who retired in August.
David Oram will become only the 15th person to receive the formal recognition, joining the likes of the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and England rugby world cup coach Sir Clive Woodward.
Mr Oram started his local government career with Reading Borough Council in 1974 and joined the Royal Borough three years later.
He helped guide the borough through its promotion to a unitary authority when Berkshire County Council was abolished in 1998, becoming head of economic development. He later took responsibility for planning, leisure and the environment.
He was appointed deputy chief executive in 2008 and became interim chief executive in May.
The ceremony will take place at Windsor Guildhall.
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