I saw that also. We up here in Scotland had a council finance chief who 'retired' at fifty after being paid £63,000 whilst on 'gardening leave' with a £500,000 payoff. This finance cheif was in charge when a scam defrauded the council of £100,000 and she also made £38,000,000 'arithmetical errors' in budget cuts.
It seems once you reach a certain position you are rewarded no matter what you do whilst in the job. You can be sacked,suspended forced to resign and still come out with a bulging bank balance. The rest of us have to fight for any penny we are due.