Five weekly papers owned by Johnston Press have been left without an editor after their news chief moved to a new role and will not be replaced.
A company insider said staff at the Guardian had been told he would not be replaced, leaving deputy editor Ben Green in charge of the day-to-day running of the titles, overseen by Derbyshire Times editor James Mitchinson, who is group editor of 18 weeklies in the East Midlands.
The Guardian titles are also understood to be without a news editor after the previous post-holder accepted voluntary redundancy.
Chris tweeted on 26 July from his @Crz_Burton account, saying “So long Guardian. Great paper, great people, great memories.”
He was appointed to become Guardian editor last July, in a role which also saw him at the helm of paid-for titles the Dinnington Guardian and Gainsborough Standard and free weeklies the Worksop Trader and Retford Trader.
Chris was previously also in charge of free papers the Dinnington Trader and Gainsborough News, but these titles no longer exist.
He originally joined the Worksop Guardian series in 2002 when the late George Robinson was at the helm, rising to become news editor before leaving to become deputy editor of the Gainsborough Standard newspaper in Lincolnshire.
Chris returned to the Guardian as assistant editor in 2008, before going to work for other newspapers including the Sheffield Star, where he was a production editor.
He is the latest editor to leave JP titles in the East Midlands after Matlock Mercury editor Amanda Hatfield, who was also group editor for five other titles, stepped down in June after more than 20 years in senior roles, with James also overseeing the titles she managed.
James was previously the editor in Worksop, after joining as a trainee in 2002 and rising through the ranks at Johnston Press to be appointed to his current position in March.
Johnston Press has not responded to requests for a comment.