Shropshire Council chief executive Kim Ryley has left the authority after less than three years in charge, the Shropshire Star can exclusively reveal today.
Mr Ryley, 59, who became the unitary authority's first £180,000-a-year boss in 2009, is going to Cheshire East Council.
There are no plans to recruit a replacement, with Tory council leader Keith Barrow chairing senior staff meetings instead.
A deal with Cheshire East Council was agreed last night. It is believed Mr Ryley will not receive a pay-off and his salary will now be paid by the Cheshire authority, whose Chief Executive, Erika Wenzel, left the authority by mutual agreement on June 30.
For the full report and further analysis, see today's Shropshire Star.