Kersten England is to leave her role as City of York Council chief executive to do the same job in Bradford.
City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council has offered her the post of chief executive, subject to confirmation by councillors, and she has accepted.
The new post could mean a big pay rise. Figures published by the Taxpayers’ Alliance in 2012 put the York council chief executive salary at £156,000 – and the Bradford boss’s pay at £227,234 – more than £70,000 higher.
Ms England said she was excited by the new challenge but sad to leave behind a “special” city like York.
“It has been my privilege to serve the elected representatives and the people of York, alongside the truly talented, professional and committed people working at City of York Council who care deeply about the families and neighbourhoods of this city,” she said.
She said she was proud to be a part of York council and all it has achieved for the past six years, “even in the face of reducing budgets and increasing demands”.
Ms England added: