Once upon a time, things were fairly simple. When it was a County Borough, with much the same responsibilities as today, our city had a TOWN CLERK. This gentleman was a properly qualified lawyer on a suitable but not stratospheric salary.
There wasn't any need for a CHIEF EXECUTIVE AND A DIRECTOR OF LEGAL SERVICES plus other highly promoted posts - all with their attendant staffs. There was an architect and a treasurer but no plethora of "partnerships" with highly paid staff - "MARKETING DERBY","CONNECTING DERBY" , "DERBY CITYSCAPE" nor for a special "CITY CENTRE MANAGER". There was a Markets Officer and a Parks Superintendent (The parks were excellent and the municipal gardens won prizes).
Where did these people all come from? How did they all breed - as real services become worse and worse?
You have to go back to the Bains Report of 1972 ... "The New Local Authorities - management and structure". That is when the rot started.