Birmingham City Council’s ousted chief executive Mark Rogers formally leaves today, leader John Clancy has told councillors.
Speaking during a brief session on the controversy during a full council meeting, Cllr Clancy (Lab) said: “I am limited to what it is appropriate to say. Talks with Mark Rogers concerning early retirement were under way when the story emerged publicly.
“We issued an agreed statement with wording agreed with Mark Rogers. It was impossible to make any further statement until a final position was reached last Friday.
“Mark Rogers will take early retirement from today. We wish him well and thank him for his service.”
Birmingham is seeking both an interim chief executive and a permanent appointment while Angela Probert, strategic director for change and support services, acts up for the immediate future.
The meeting started with lord mayor Carl Rice (Lab) warning councillors that statements in the council chamber were not privileged and they could be sued for slander.
Liberal Democrat group leader Jon Hunt said: “In light of legal advice I will say a bit less than I was going to, but ‘shambles’ sums up the situation.”
Conservative leader Robert Alden complained councillors were not formally told what was happening until six days after Mr Rogers’ imminent departure became public and said: “The only thing more astonishing than way Cllr Clancy has acted is the suggestion that everything is normal.”
Cllr Hunt questioned who would replace Mr Rogers as returning officer for the West Midlands Combined Authority elected mayor poll due in May, and was told by Cllr Rice that he assumed Ms Probert would stand in.