Mayor takes 30-day medical leave
By 10/23/2003 00:00:00
Mayor pro-tem will handle day-to-day operations
The Ellis County Press
FERRIS - Due to health concerns, Ferris Mayor Jimmie Birdwell has taken a 30-day leave of absence from city hall duties, effective Friday, Oct. 17.
The mayor has been in ill health for the last several months, following shoulder surgery and liver problems.
'I [took] a 30-day leave of absence, mainly because I'm about to be evaluated for a liver transplant,' Birdwell said.
'He [the doctor] did not want me to be under any more stress. I've always been in good health. They say I have the blood pressure of a teenager. Everything else is normal.
Birdwell said he loves the town of Ferris and would like everyone to pray for him.
Mayor Pro-Tem Scott Born took over Birdwell's duties on Friday, Oct. 17.
As acting mayor, Mayor Pro-Tem Scott Born will preside over meetings and take over duties at city hall.
Birdwell said he would still maintain his magistrate duties.
'Scott is very fair,' Birdwell said.
He said he would return to his daily duties on Nov. 17.