Two Gloucester City Council directors will share the role of former chief executive Julian Wain, who departed the authority recently.
City councillors have decided not appoint a new chief in a bid to save around £110,000 per year.
They will run a six month trial of not having a chief executive, something which is already tried and tested by Wiltshire Council, after that council’s former chief executive Andrew Kerr departed.
Corporate directors Peter Gillett, head of resources, and Martin Shields, head of services and neighbourhoods, will take the helm. Mr Gillett will also be responsible for running the city’s elections as the returning officer.
Councillor Fred Wood, cabinet member for performance and resources, said: “This administration looked at other options too such as sharing a chief executive with other local authorities. We never shy away from make difficult decisions.”
Councillor Kate Haigh, leader of the Labour group, said: “It is really important that this is for six months so that we can have a proper review to see if it works.”
Concerns were raised at a meeting of councillors last week on Thursday that it may be too much to ask two people to take on another person’s job between them.