Alan Stuttard will take on many of the chief executive’s responsibilities, including making budget cuts, from 1 March until the end of 2009.
Worcester was recently told that it must save almost a fifth of its budget in a report by consultant Mouchel (LGCplus, 20/11/08).
Under the interim management plans, Mr Stuttard will be supported by a five-strong corporate management team.
He has worked at the council for more than 20 years, currently as head of its safer and stronger communities team.
Mr Stuttard said: “This is a critical time for Worcester City Council. Our present level of funding requires a major review of the services we offer.”
The council said the decision to appoint him followed a recommendation from Mouchel that it would not be in the interest of either the city or county council to appoint a joint county chief executive, as had been proposed at one point.