Leicester’s elected mayor is to remove the post of city council chief executive.
Sir Peter Soulsby (Lab) said this was the first step in a programme of savings from culling senior management posts as the council deals with a £100m cut in government funding over three years.
Chief executive Sheila Lock has been on sick leave since March. She had initiated a review before that which aimed to save £1.8m by deleting seven senior posts, but Sir Peter said he wanted a higher level of savings.
He said: “I made it very clear during my election campaign that, if elected, I planned to reduce the costs of senior management at the council.
“The first part of this process has now commenced and I am announcing my proposal to remove the role of chief executive.”
A formal consultation has started with Ms Lock, who has held the post since 2008. Deputy chief executive Andy Keeling is currently acting as chief executive.
Leicester is legally required to have a head of paid service even if it lacks a chief executive and Sir Peter said he had begun a process to identify who that should be.
“Obviously we will consider all points raised by the present chief executive as part of this consultation,” he said.
“This consultation will remain confidential. Once this process is complete and a final decision made, I then intend to develop proposals to review the rest of the senior management structure, with a view to contributing to our savings agenda.”