Mayor Matt Brown has called a snap news conference at city hall to address his political future.
The news conference will start at 3:15 p.m. AM980 will carry it live on-air and online.
At this point, officials will only say that Brown will make an announcement “in regards to his political future”.
The announcement follows a tumultuous week at London City Hall. Last Tuesday evening, Councillor Maureen Cassidy resigned as deputy mayor and revealed that she had an inappropriate relationship with the mayor during an impromptu news conference.
Mayor Brown had previously admitted the affair to AM980 in an interview that aired Wednesday morning.
In the days to follow, both Brown and Cassidy took leaves of absence from their offices without pay.
This Tuesday evening, Integrity Commissioner Greg Stewart released a report finding the inappropriate relationship between Brown and Cassidy violated three sections of the city’s code of conduct.
Greg Stewart’s report, released Tuesday night ahead of Thursday’s city council meeting, did not make any recommendations or offer up any penalties.
“The Mayor and Deputy Mayor have each, separately, disclosed that for a period of time, they together, engaged in what they have referred to as an inappropriate relationship,” wrote Stewart. “In light of this disclosure, I believe that to conduct any further search for details would be to engage in an exercise in seeking out the salacious details of the situation – an exercise which, other than satisfying curiosity, would serve no purpose,” he wrote.
Stewart writes that “hopefully council and the community can get beyond the understandable immediate anger, outrage, and sense of disappointment” caused by the scandal and “get on with the business of the City.”
Despite the findings, the integrity commissioner does not have the authority to remove anyone from office and can only recommend a 90-day suspension.