#8220;The chief executive was told to leave but no interim arrangements have been put in place.
#8220;And our new commissioning approaches will deliver more services for less money and enable us to freeze council tax in 2019-20 and 2020-21.
But Coun Barry Lewis #8211; who has led the Conservative-run county council since May#8217;s local elections #8211; rubbished Coun Western#8217;s comments and accused her of #8216;scaremongering again#8217;.
Coun Western, leader of the Labour group at the county council, claimed it was now without a named head of paid service #8211; a role which Mr Stephenson carried out #8211; and therefore in breach of section four of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.
Top Labour councillor Anne Western made the sensational accusations hours after the organisation axed its chief executive.
Coun Lewis responded: #8220;I#8217;m delighted to see Coun Western is on top form with the scaremongering again.