Wigan council boss Terry Dunn "meant no harm" when he emailed staff about future job losses but went on to describe how he was looking forward to his holidays.
Wigan council released a statement defending the email, saying Mr Dunn enjoyed a close relationship with many of the recipients at risk of losing their job. A spokesman said:
Terry Dunn has been employed by Wigan Council since he was taken on as an apprentice and has worked at virtually every level of the organisation. He has known many of our staff for 20 years.
These are tough times in local government. We're trying to communicate with employees as best we can while we go through difficult changes.
Employees have asked to learn more about senior managers so following that request they've been including personal details about themselves informally in emails. Since this began several months ago, the response from staff has been very positive.
Terry meant no harm and is sorry if he's caused offence on this occasion. He has an excellent record of handling staffing issues seriously and sensitively.
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