City Councillors will discuss the future of London’s deputy mayor positions at the Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee Monday as they review a staff report on their options.
City Council started this term with two deputy mayors.
Mayor Matt Brown chose Councillor Paul Hubert to fill one spot for the entire term while council voted Ward 5 representative Maureen Cassidy to the second position. Cassidy’s seat has been vacant since she stepped down in the fallout from her affair with Brown.
The staff report outlines three options for consideration. Council could keep the 2 deputy mayor model and appoint another councillor, Mayor Brown can select a second deputy, or the second position can be cut altogether.
“I’m sort of indifferent on it,” said Deputy Mayor Paul Hubert.
“I think it’s good to have at least one deputy mayor, that’s for sure. We always actually have had that, except for when we had the rotating active mayor which wasn’t too functional, so it’s really entirely up to council.”
Once council decides how it wants to proceed, City staff will produce a follow-up report. London has until Decemeber 1st to make a decision.
The Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee meeting is at 4 p.m. at City Hall.