SOUTH Hams District and West Devon Borough Councils, which have saved £6million through sharing services, are planning to save even more by adopting a new management structure.
The authorities will temporarily not be replacing their retiring chief executive, who leaves in March.
The councils have agreed to pilot an executive director model of working which is already in use in some single authorities around the country, but not currently used by councils in a shared services arrangement such as South Hams and West Devon.
The councils have appointed their two current corporate directors to jointly lead the authorities for an interim period.
Current corporate directors Alan Robinson and Tracy Winser have been appointed as joint executive directors, with Alan taking on the head of paid service and community role, while Tracy is responsible for the councils' transformation programme and will lead on resources for the two authorities.
The move means the councils will save approximately £80,000 over the next year by not recruiting a new chief executive.
They say the move will also provide continuity and stability while the organisations undergo a major transformation.
Cllr John Tucker, leader of South Hams Council, said: "I stress this is a temporary measure and will give us time to understand how this model will work for our councils.
"I look forward to working with Alan and Tracy during this transition period."