CINCINNATI — An Ohio city’s council has approved an eight-month severance package for its embattled manager — if he changes his mind and decides to resign.

City Manager Harry Black says he plans to stay.

Council voted 7-1 Thursday to offer an estimated $174,000 severance, a day after a proposed 18-month package worth some $423,000 fell one vote short.

Black apologized Wednesday to Mayor John Cranley and anyone else he has offended. He said he’d like to continue as manager, expecting “many more successes.”

Cranley has pushed for Black’s ouster, saying he has had a pattern of unprofessional behavior, such as a strip club visit by Black and three city police officers during a business trip two years ago.

The standoff between the two strong-willed government leaders is in its fourth week.