City manager Frank Pizzuto has announced his resignation as of Jan. 4

City manager Frank Pizzuto has announced his resignation as of Jan. 4

Abbotsford city manager announces resignation

Frank Pizzuto will leave his position on Jan. 4, 2013

Abbotsford city manager Frank Pizzuto has announced his resignation, as of Jan. 4, 2013.

“As Frank’s relationship with the City of Abbotsford comes to an end, we want to once again express appreciation for his contributions to our community over the past four years,” said Abbotsford Mayor Bruce Banman.

Pizzuto notified council of his decision in a letter sent on Dec. 11.

Banman said the resignation was “unexpected.”

“I would say that the timing is a little surprising.”

Banman declined to comment on whether Pizzuto was asked to resign by council.

“Because it’s a personal matter, I would not deny or confirm that one way or the other.

“I can say it has been an absolute pleasure working with Frank.

“His passion for the city is going to be missed.”

Banman said he believes that Pizzuto will receive a severance package, based on the agreement he signed upon his hiring. Banman told The News on Wednesday he did not know the exact details, or if they can be made public.

“I’ll have to check with our lawyer and find out if I can actually release that information. I imagine it will all come out.”

Pizzuto could not be reached for comment.

Banman said the city manager has holidays booked next week and would be out of the office.

Jim Gordon, general manager of engineering and utilities, will take on the role of acting city manager.

Pizzuto, 61, was the city’s highest paid employee, earning $249,005 in 2011.

He came to Abbotsford in June 2008. Prior to that he was the chief administration officer for the town of Amherstburg, Ont.