Paul Blantern has announced he is to leave financially troubled Northamptonshire CC after over seven years’ service as chief executive.
Mr Blantern said it was with “mixed emotions” that he will depart the county next week.
His departure comes after the council’s leader Heather Smith (Con) revealed she is to ask the government for permission to overspend its annual budget, as long as it achieves balance within five years.
The chief executive has led on a radical restructuring of the county’s services in which most major services were spun out in order to save £65m.
Mr Blantern said in a statement: “Last week I met with the leader of the council Cllr Heather Smith and we agreed together that having overseen the move to our new headquarters building, completed the recruitment and design of our new management team and transformed the operating model of the council, now would be an appropriate time for me to leave the organisation to take on new challenges.
“I am certainly excited as I embark on the next stage of my own career but at the same time will sorely miss the energy, commitment and spirit that defines this council. I know that we continue to find ourselves in a highly challenging financial situation but I also know that we have achieved so much innovation and transformation which has truly put Northamptonshire at the forefront of local government practice in so many areas.
“I have decided with the leader that it would be better for the longer term decisions the council needs that I leave sooner, and have agreed the date of 13 October. This will enable a quick transition. An announcement regarding the management of the organisation from the 16th will be made shortly.
“I wish you all the very best for the future and I know from my experience of working here that no matter how big the ask, how tough the challenge the people of Northamptonshire CC are always equipped to rise to it.”