Evening Chronicle reports:
"A council has re-introduced its chief executive role less than two years after paying almost £180,000 for the postholder to leave in a cost-saving drive.
Northumberland County Council has made lead executive director Steve Mason its chief executive - and boosted his pay by £17,000, taking it to more than £183,000 a year.
The move comes less than two years after the council scrapped its chief executive role as part of a cost-cutting review of its senior management structure, which saw it pay the then postholder more than £179,000 to leave.
The authority has faced criticism from opposition groups who question how the reinstatement of the role can be justified."
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