Mayor Matt Brown has acknowledged it will take years to repair his personal life after having an affair with Councillor Maureen Cassidy.
Brown spoke live Tuesday morning on the Craig Needles Show for the first time since last week’s news conference announcing his return from eight days of unpaid leave.
The Mayor had said he was taking time away to focus on his family, but felt it was time to return to help move the business of the city forward.
“I’ll be working on my personal life for months and years to repair the kind of damage that I’ve caused, it’s not something that can be repaired overnight,” said Brown. “I also have significant responsibilities to the city and so I’m focusing on those as well.”
At least week’s council meeting, councillors unanimously voted to reprimand Brown for his conduct which the city’s Integrity Commissioner found violated three sections of the code of conduct.
“The comments about the expectation [of integrity] as we came into office are entirely fair,” Brown said. “Part of me taking responsibility for what’s occured is exactly that, talking to Londoners as openly as I can about a situation that occurred, and it’s about restoring trust.”
Brown said that he’s reached out to every member of Council in hopes of beginning to repair the damage done to their working relationships, but refused to say whether he feels Cassidy should return to Council.
“It’s a decision that I’m not going to weigh into,” he said. “It’s an individual decision, I know that I made my decision last week in consultation with my family and I want to respect Councillor Cassidy’s privacy and I know that she’ll make the decision that is right for her when she’s ready to.”
The former Deputy Mayor has not said when she plans to resume her political duties.