A position left vacant by Councillor Maureen Cassidy amid an affair with Mayor Matt Brown will remain that way, at least for the next few months.
The Council-appointed Deputy Mayor position could be eliminated all together, but Council voted Monday night to delay making any decision until staff have a chance to study their options.
It’s one of two Deputy Mayor positions on Council. Mayor Matt Brown chose Councillor Paul Hubert to fill one position for the entire term.
Council gets to vote on the other post on an annual basis.
Councillor Maureen Cassidy was voted in by her colleagues, but she resigned after admitting to an affair with the Mayor.
She remains on an unpaid leave of absence and has not indicated when or if she plans to return to Council, but she has two more months to make her decision.
Councillor Phil Squire has been leading the charge to get rid of the Council-appointed Deputy Mayor position.
Ward 6 Councillor Phil Squire has been leading the charge to get rid of the Council-appointed Deputy Mayor position, arguing 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” last week.
“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.”
Rather than support Squire’s motion to eliminate the Council-appointed Deputy Mayor position, the group decided to postpone any decision for four months while staff study their options.
With the postponement motion winning in an 8-5 vote, Council will need to make a decision by December 1st.