A list of top local authority earners reveals the chief exective of Gateshead Council,
Roger Kelly, retired with almost £400,000 last year.
Durham County Council has also been highlighted in the Town Hall Rich List, as having more than 20 executives earning £100,000 a year or more.
Councils have criticised the way the list has been compiled.
Gateshead Council says the figure included Mr Kelly's pension payout accrued over 25 years and that its senior management costs are actually coming down. But the Taxpayers' Alliance though insists the figure is still too much.