One of Birmingham City Council’s top officials has quit after his £115,000-a-year job was scrapped.
Mirza Ahmad lost out in a shake-up of the council’s senior management posts.
His role as Corporate Director of Governance disappeared after the local authority saved £1.4 million in a restructure.
Mr Ahmad failed to be appointed Strategic Director of Resources and has now left the council to pursue new career opportunities.
City chief executive Stephen Hughes said: “Mirza has been a committed, effective and loyal senior manager for the city council since 2000, giving solid advice and leading on important initiatives consistently throughout that time.
“With his talent, Mirza will have a great future, and I wish him all the best.”
Mr Ahmad said: “It has been a great honour and a privilege for me to serve the largest local authority in the UK.
“I am delighted that I was able to play my part in raising excellence within the city council and I wish the council every success for the future.”
While at the council Mr Ahmad gained a reputation as a national expert on the implications of the Human Rights Act and presented national seminars on legal and managerial matters.
He is chairman of the Bar Association for Local Government and the Public Service and a member of the General Council of the Bar for England and Wales.
One of the most prominent Muslim lawyers in local government, was named Lawyer of the Month by the Black Lawyers Directory in 2006, recognised in the UK’s inaugural Muslim Power 100 and named Public Sector Lawyer of the Year 2009 by the Society of Asian Lawyers.