Lamb, who joined just two months ago, would not comment on an official statement by the council that she was dismissed, but did confirm that she has left the council and is now seeking legal advice.
She said: ‘I have left East Riding. I can make no further comment on that as it may prejudice any legal action I may take.’
She also confirmed that she has now joined local government specialist PR firm DTW in its Canterbury office, and is currently working on an unnamed ‘public sector project’.
East Riding PRO Lorraine Rollo said: ‘We can confirm that she’s been dismissed, but it’s not the council’s policy to make comments or provide any further information into individual staffing matters.’
As an interim measure the council’s 19-strong comms function is being headed by senior PRO Tom Du Boulay.
It is not yet known when any recruitment process to find a permanent replacement for Lamb will begin.
Lamb joined in late June from Canterbury City Council, where she was head of policy and communications (PRWeek, 2 May).
The move to East Riding marked a return to East Yorkshire for Lamb, who is a former comms and PR manager at Royal Hull Hospitals Trust. She is also a former comms and PR manager at Salford City Council. At East Riding she was overseeing a project to create a self-funding comms department by 2004.