The chair of Hackney's education committee David Phillips, who is a member of the breakaway New Labour group, is asking the chief executive to investigate how a management review of the education department was arranged without chair's authority.
According to the Standard, in the reorganisation, ordered by former education director Gus John, Janet Dobson was set for a 'big promotion' into an assistant director's post, a position she is now filling in an acting capacity.
Cllr Phillips is insisting the post is externally advertised.
'The first I knew of it was when I was asked to retrospectively sanction payment to the firm of consultants, which I refused,' said cllr Phillips. 'The payments included an overspend. This was also the first the chief executive knew of the matter.'