London City Hall has confirmed to AM980 that Maureen Cassidy will be taking a leave of absence from her position as Ward 5 Councillor and Deputy Mayor.
Details surrounding her decision to step away are unclear at this point.
There is also no timeline set for Cassidy’s return.
Requests for comment to the the Deputy Mayor have gone unanswered.
Earlier this week, Cassidy deleted her Twitter account. She was also not present at last week’s council meeting.
Cassidy’s council duties will be filled by Councillors Phil Squire, Josh Morgan, and Tanya Park.
“This job, no matter if you’re in the deputy mayor’s seat, the mayor’s seat, or a councillor’s seat, it’s a tough job and it’s a balancing act. At this point in time, I think Deputy Mayor Cassidy is where she needs to be,” said Park.
Park said she has spoken with Cassidy and said “she is well,” and that there are some things that she needs to focus on.
“One thing I imparted when she was elected deputy mayor for the second term is that I would be there to support her in whatever way, so I’m prepared to do that.”
Ward 5 constituents are still encouraged to call Cassidy’s office though it will likely be one of Squire, Morgan, or Park who will respond.
Photo via the City of London website.