Norfolk CC has named an acting managing director after its chief executive recommended his own redundancy last winter.
Human resources and organisational development head Anne Gibson is set to take over the role after chief executive David White leaves on 6 April. She will be paid £160,000 a year.
A permanent managing director will be appointed after Norfolk’s all-out election on 2 May.
Leader Bill Borrett (Con) said: “The process of recruiting a managing director is now underway but we need a proven performer to step in in the interim.
“We did consider recruiting somebody from outside the organisation, but felt this did not offer good value for money nor offer the continuity we require under our broader transformation programme.”
Ms Gibson joined Norfolk in 2002. She said her appointment was “an absolute privilege.”
Mr White said in December it had become “crystal clear that the council will need from it managerial leader a level of commercial skill and experience not required from my current post and that I simply do not have”. He negotiated a redundancy payment of £35,439.