The role of the mayor of Wolverhampton will be ‘radically reduced’ under plans to save the cash strapped city council millions of pounds.
A review of the role will be carried out as part of £98 million of savings.
But council bosses have revealed ‘the extreme’ would be to make the mayor simply ‘chair of the council’ with only occasional ceremonial duties.
This would, it is believed, bring in savings of around £229,000 but would hit the city’s profile.
Current mayor Councillor Milkinder Jaspal said: “It is going to dilute the role of the mayor if these proposals are put into place and it will have an impact because at the moment the role is trying to carry out key priorities such as economic regeneration in the city.”
Neville Patten, leader of the opposition Conservative group, said his party would be strongly opposed to a reduction in the role of the mayor.