Amber Valley Borough Council has made its chief executive redundant and scrapped the £118,000 a year top job as part of money saving measures.
Peter Carney, who took up the role in 1993, was the council’s most senior officer and principal policy adviser to the council.
The decision was made at the council’s December 12 meeting by the controlling Conservative group amid protest from opposition councillors, who claimed there had been no consultation.
Council leader Cllr Stuart Bradford said: “Following lengthy debate, and careful consideration of the reports, the council decided to delete that post from the organisation. In these continuing difficult times, we have to make difficult decisions and the decision to delete the post of the chief executive most definitely falls into this category.”
Amber Valley Borough Council Labour Group leader, Paul Jones, said: “We were shocked because we only got 36 hours’ notice. There has been no consultation whatsoever. I can’t understand why it was rushed through. He has been there for 28 years and has done a thoroughly professional job and has always done what’s asked of him. How does this cascade down to other members of staff? People will be asking ‘who’s next?’
“Is this a step towards merging with another authority? I have no idea how it’s going to work.”
The council says that it will disclose details of the savings made, and Mr Carney’s redundancy package, at a later date.