One in three senior managers at Gloucestershire County Council will be axed as part of plans to save millions of pounds.
The cabinet earlier approved a report detailing the cuts, which form part of £5m of management savings.
A spokesman said six jobs, or 33%, would be lost in the first phase of cuts.
The Conservative-controlled authority will reduce its entire workforce by 1,000 people over the next four years.
The plans form part of a £108m savings programme.
A spokesman for the authority said the cuts were part of the first phase of management savings.
Mark Hawthorne, leader of the council, said: "It's right that the changes should start at the top.
"As a first step we are simplifying management, reducing posts and introducing a new way of working to ensure a much sharper focus on residents' priorities.
"We need a new approach where, in these financially challenging times, we ask hard questions about how we can provide services at the lowest possible cost."