The chief executive of Rotherham Council was paid £26,000 to leave the local authority early in the wake of the child abuse scandal.
Martin Kimber was due to leave this month but quit on 31 October.
He resigned with three months' notice after the Alexis Jay report found 1,400 children had been abused in Rotherham over 16 years.
Rotherham Council said Mr Kimber had been paid "in lieu of notice" and was not paid off.
A spokeswoman added: "He decided to leave his position two months early to enable the new chief executive, Jan Ormondroyd, to start."