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The departure is announced two days after the Multnomah County District Attorney ordered the release of an audit on the Portland bureau.

CITY OF PORTLAND PHOTO - Suk Rhee speaks during a panel discussion in 2018. The head of the Office of Community and Civic Life will step down. Suk Rhee, the controversial head of Portland's civic life bureau, will leave her position Friday, May 14.

Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, who oversees the bureau, announced the departure in a joint statement with Rhee on Thursday. The announcement followed widespread allegations of severe workplace dysfunction and abusive management within the department.

In the statement, Hardesty said she appreciated Rhee's "service to the city and the accomplishments that she has made over the past several years."

"As a result of her efforts, Civic Life is poised to lead collaboration directly with impacted communities and constituencies and with other City bureaus to develop more equitable processes and outcomes," Hardesty wrote.

The statement makes no mention of the current tumult within the bureau.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler assigned Hardesty the bureau in January. Soon after arriving, Hardesty told OPB she had "never experienced a workplace that was so hostile to employees."

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