Theresa Grant is set to be appointed chief executive of Northamptonshire CC on a fixed term.
Ms Grant, who announced last week she would step down from Trafford MBC after nine years, will replace interim chief executive Andrew Quincey on 27 July.
Lead commissioner Tony McArdle said: “I am very pleased to commend to council, for its endorsement, the appointment of Theresa Grant.
”Theresa has shown throughout her career that she is an exceptional chief executive and I have confidence is the right person to lead the organisation as improvements are put in place to deliver better financial management, governance and ultimately service outcomes for the people of Northamptonshire.”
Interviews for the role began on Monday and the appointment is due to be considered by full council on 19 July.
Housing and communities secretary James Brokenshire followed the decision of his predecessor Sajid Javid to send in commissioners to Northamptonshire after a highly critical report on the council’s leadership and management by inspector Max Caller, which followed the council issuing a section 114 notice in February.
Mr Caller also said the council should be abolished and two new unitaries created in the county and Mr Brokenshire extended a deadline for proposals to the end of August.
Last month, Northamptonshire announced that it would recruit a chief executive on a fixed-term basis “until new unitary authorities are established”.
Council leader Matthew Golby (Con) said: “I am delighted to be able to announce that we have selected a preferred candidate who I have no doubt has the experience, skills, leadership and expertise which we require here in Northamptonshire.
“There was an exceptional field of candidates for this role and we now look forward to moving through the next two years and the transition to unitary governance with such a distinguished chief executive in role.”