CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. (CBS) — With only days left on the job, the parks superintendent in south suburban Chicago Heights still is not talking to CBS 2.
Frank Perez was granted a $212,000 payout to walk away from his position.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Warming Trend Continues, Rain Chances Persist
The rare move was approved by the Chicago Heights Park District Board on Monday night, leading to outrage from residents and even some parks commissioners.
Parks commissioners Jessica Mangiaracina and Curtis Straczek were the only two on the board to vote against paying Perez to leave his job.
“This is just absolutely ridiculous to pay over $200,000 to walk away from a job,” Straczek said.
Chicago Heights taxpayers will pay the remaining 18 months left in Perez’s contract – including unpaid vacation and sick leave.READ MORE: 3 Men Injured In River North Parking Garage Shooting, One Identified In Video As Rapper Lil Reese; Officer's Gun Also Accidentally Discharged
“He’s trying to leave so he doesn’t answer questions, and trying to take the money before he jets out,” Mangiaracina said.
Perez’s departure may be sudden, but it comes on the heels of CBS 2’s reports on questionable spending at the parks division.
The concerns center around invoices the board approved, and to whom the checks were written.
Perez agreed to sit down with CBS 2’s Jermont Terry to address concerns about those written checks and vouchers not adding up. Perez has said many of the discrepancies are clerical errors.
The superintendent backed out of the scheduled on-camera interview about the park’s books and his payout.MORE NEWS: At Least 31 People Wounded In Weekend Gun Violence In Chicago, 5 Killed
His final day is Friday.