The chief executive of Rochdale MBC has applied for early voluntary retirement.
As part of the process of making financial reductions, letters were sent to all staff in the authority asking if they would like to consider early retirement, and chief executive Roger Ellis, left, put himself forward as part of the overall senior management reduction.
The council is being forced to make cuts of £64m and is due to meet tonight to set the budget.
Mr Ellis, who has worked for the organisation for ten years, will remain in the post for at least another year while the council considers how to proceed.
Rochdale leader Colin Lambert (Lab) said: “In discussions he made it clear that job reductions in the council should be at all levels and he was putting himself forward as part of the overall senior management reduction. His retirement would take place on exactly the same basis as other staff leaving at this difficult time. This is really helpful and I applaud our Chief Executive for this offer.”