Carmarthenshire County Council’s deputy chief is the new interim Chief Executive of Caerphilly County Borough Council.
Chris Burns has previously worked for the authority as Head of Economic Department and Head of Policy and Central Services.
The current interim chief, Stuart Rosser, said: “This is an excellent outcome for the council and I would like to congratulate Chris on his appointment.
“I have been encouraged by the positive progress I’ve seen during my time with Caerphilly and I am confident that this will continue under Chris’ capable leadership”
The 55-year-old will assume the position in the autumn, after leaving in 2004, and will receive £142,000 a year for standing in for suspended Anthony O’Sullivan.
The appointment comes as it was revealed the salaries of three suspended Caerphilly County Borough Council bosses will cost the authority almost £700,000.
A Freedom of Information request by Plaid Cymru shows that council chief executive Anthony O’Sullivan will have received £333,795 by January 5 next year,
Deputy chief executive Nigel Barnett will get £263,453 while head of legal Daniel Perkins will receive £95,601.
The three men are suspended on full pay while they await trail over charges of misconduct in a public office.
A provisional trial date has been set for January 5 next year at Bristol Crown Court.
Labour accused Plaid of “typical mischief-making” for publicising the salaries.