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Letter to the Editor: Why is Mayor Hobbs still getting paid?

Former mayoral candidate wants to know why an elected official facing charges still draws a pay cheque.
Thunder Bay City Hall.

To the editor:

Why is the mayor getting paid? Maybe acting city mayor, Coun. Trevor Giertuga  can tell Thunder Bay residents why, and who on council agreed to have Mayor Keith Hobbs get paid while taking a leave of absence after he was was charged with extortion and obstruction of justice.

Unless the mayor is on medical leave he should not be getting paid for a leave of absence under the circumstances.

Henry Wojak,
Thunder Bay

Editor's note: A response from the city:

  • Mayor Hobbs has advised he will be absent from his duties as mayor. He does not need to provide a reason.
  • It is the right of any member of council to be absent from their duties up to 90 consecutive days under the Municipal Act, 2001. 
  • While the mayor is absent from his duties, he is entitled to be paid his salary. There is no mechanism under the Municipal Act or the city's bylaws which would suspend the salary of any member of council while absent for any reason.