Expect a lively debate next week at city hall as city council selects a new deputy mayor to replace Maureen Cassidy following her resignation.
Cassidy stepped down from her post as deputy mayor in June after admitting to having an “inappropriate relationship” with Mayor Matt Brown.
Councillors Tanya Park and Bill Armstrong both previously expressed interest in the position.
However, Ward 6 councillor Phil Squire believes the second deputy mayor position isn’t actually needed.
“It’s not a position I aspire to and it’s not a position I think is beneficial to the city of London,” said Squire during an appearance on AM980’s “The Pulse” on Thursday.
“I think in some ways it hurts council because it puts someone just sort of a step above the rest of council and I don’t think that’s a good thing.”
Under the current system the mayor appoints a councillor to serve as deputy mayor for the full four-year term while a second deputy mayor is chosen each year by council.
“The dust has settled so to speak on the issues we were dealing with and I think it’s time to really look at this position, and really say ‘look, is this a position that’s been effective for us, is it useful for us, do we need to continue with it’ and I want to have that discussion.”
Councillors will debate the issue at city hall next Monday.