Derbyshire County Council's chief executive has officially left his post today after the authority decided to abolish the position.
Ian Stephenson worked for the council for 10 years - the last four as chief executive.
The authority said the move will save it more than £300,000 a year on management costs.
Quote Message: We have a duty to Derbyshire residents to use their money as efficiently and effectively as possible. There is no intention that the council will be making any 'golden handshake' payments. It's about doing things differently and making bold changes. We're confident this is the right way to go and can reassure people that the council is in safe hands." from Barry Lewis Leader of Derbyshire County Council