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Commissioner Amanda Fritz's officer confirms severance payment to Portland Parks & Recreation Director Mike Abbate.

PORTLAND TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Mike AbbatePortland Parks & Recreation Director Mike Abbate will receive a severance package of around $100,000 when he resigns on May 15, according to Commissioner Amanda's Fritz's office.

The payment confirms speculation first reported by the Oregonian that Fritz, who oversees the parks bureau, has negotiated with Abbate for weeks over his departure.

Abbate and Fritz announced Abbate's pending resignation on Monday. At the time, they both released statements saying the decision was amiable. But the Oregonian obtained a May 1 memo from Mayor Ted Wheeler to Fritz that said she initiated the bureau's leadership transition on April 24. The memo did not give any reason for Fritz wanting Abbate to leave.

In response to a question from the Portland Tribune, Tim Crail, Fritz's chief of staff, said, "Mike Abbate is receiving targeted severance" of around $100,000 on Tuesday afternoon.

Abbate will also leave before the City Council approves the bureau's next budget. Mayor Ted Wheeler has proposed a budget that includes a 5 percent cut of $10 million cut, including the closure of two small community centers. Fritz and other council members are negotiating with Wheeler over the budget, which could ultimately differ from what he proposed.

To read a previous story about Abbate's resignation, go to https://tinyurl.com/y8jgvn4u.

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