THE £200,000 per year chief executive of Birmingham City Council has been taken ill and will be away from the Council House until the end of the month it has been announced.
In a formal statement Council leader Sir Albert Bore confirmed that Mr Hughes, who has been with the city council for eight years, is off sick.
Coun Bore said: “The Chief Executive is currently away from work recovering from a recent illness and will not be back until the end of September. “
He said that the council’s strategic director of corporate resources Paul Dransfield will take over responsibility as the ‘head of paid service’ for the city and its 25,000 staff.
And added: “All members of the senior management team will cover for Stephen’s internal and external commitments as required.
“I hope you will join me in wishing Stephen a speedy return to good health.”
Mr Hughes, was appointed interim chief executive of the City Council in 2005, before being given the full job a year later.