West Sussex County Council chief executive Kieran Stigant to leave

The chief executive of West Sussex County Council is to leave and the role is to be axed under plans announced by the authority.

Kieran Stigant, who has worked at the council for 22 years and earns £175,000 a year, will go on 31 January.

A council spokesman said his work would be shared between a chief operating officer and an interim transformation director.

The Conservative-run authority wants to cut £141m in the next four years.

Louise Goldsmith, the council's leader, said "Kieran has given twenty-two years of diligent and loyal service to the county council, three of those as chief executive.

"We are very grateful to him for his tireless commitment to both the council and to West Sussex."

The authority's governance committee will be asked to agree the temporary appointment of a chief operating officer from existing senior management, and the appointment of an interim transformation director on 20 January.

The council spokesman said the interim director would consider what changes were needed in the authority "to meet the new challenges and opportunities facing it".

The full council will be asked to confirm the removal of the chief executive post on 14 February.

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