The Chief Executive of Carmarthenshire County Council submitted an application to leave the council under its severance scheme back in September, and Kevin Madge subsequently announced that a decision on whether or not to approve the application for redundancy would be put before councillors before the end of the year.
The agenda for the next full meeting of the council on 10 December (the final scheduled meeting of the year) makes no mention of the application which has thus mysteriously disappeared from view.
A couple of weeks ago the Carmarthen rumour mill had it that Mr James, who is also very lucratively paid to act as Returning Officer for Carmarthenshire, had checked his diary and suddenly realised that there was a general election to be held in May 2015. With a heavy heart and purely out of a sense of public duty, he had decided to stay on to organise the election, nobody else in Carmarthenshire being up to the job.
That may yet be the official line put out by the Ministry of Spin, but a more likely explanation is that with the public up in arms at the prospect of a six-figure pay-off for Mr James, the Labour Party suddenly remembered that there was an election looming, and a decision was quietly put on hold.