Somerset County Council has defended its decision to hire a consultant at a cost of £800 a day.
Lesley Ottery has been hired as a "business improvement director" for six months.
The Conservative-led authority says taxpayers' money will be saved as Mrs Ottery will look to see where savings can be made in the council's budget.
But Liberal Democrat councillor Alan Paul said the decision was "disgraceful".
My comment: If Somerset County Council have no one in-house who can identify savings then their current senior staff are not fit for purpose.
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