Council, staff concerned for popular mayor

Jan. 25, 2014 @ 04:05 PM

Henderson Mayor Pete O’Geary is not expected to attend Monday night’s meeting of the City Council because of a sudden health issue discovered Thursday that required surgery.

Mayor Pro-Tem Micheal Rainey stood in for O’Geary at a Thursday night meeting of the Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments board.

Rainey said the immediate need was for open-heart surgery. He requested prayer for all to go well and for the mayor to make a full recovery.

O’Geary is one of the area’s most popular elected officials.

Council members and city staff expressed their concern. Assistant City Manager Frank Frazier said that O’Geary himself sounded upbeat and confident that the surgery would turn out fine.

Frazier said his expectation is that O’Geary would still be in need of careful recovery and rest on Monday.

“He has some health issues he is taking care of,” Frazier said. “Any kind of surgery is serious. He is optimistic that everything will go well.”

Rainey said that a consultation with doctors led to the decision to take action immediately.

“This is something that has come up rather suddenly,” Rainey said Thursday night. “He met with his doctors today, and my understanding is this is going to take place real soon.”

Councilman George Daye indicated council members received word of the situation late in the day on Thursday.

“I was called by the city clerk,” Daye said, referring to Esther McCrackin. “I said I would try to call him, and she told me he was already in pre-op. I didn’t want to disturb him, so I decided to wait on word from her. I am hoping and praying that it turns out well.”

 

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