Director of public affairs and communications Debra Davis cleared her desk last Friday, but because of accrued annual leave she will be paid until mid-July.
Davis will be using her annual leave to spend a month in Canada working on the campaign to elect former Ontario minister of health and deputy premier George Smitherman as mayor of Toronto.
On her return she will assume responsibility as director of communications and public affairs for the City TV Group. The company was co-founded by Alan Grindley, her partner.
Birmingham City Council strategic director of environment and culture Sharon Lea will take over responsibility for the public affairs and communications division.
Davis was appointed to the position with the city council in January 2007.
Davis said: ‘I was asked to do a job. The restructure is being implemented.
Efficiencies have been achieved and the council's profile in the news - online and in the broadcast and print media - has greatly improved.'