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Longest-serving Calgary city councillor stepping down

Last Updated Oct 19, 2020 at 11:25 am MDT

Ward 10 Councillor Ray Jones sits in the Council Chambers during a meeting on July 30th, 2019. (PHOTO: Tom Ross, 660 NEWS)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – The longest-serving member of Calgary’s city council is stepping down.

Ward 10 Councillor Ray Jones announced Monday he is resigning for health reasons.

“[The health issues] started after I had a bad fall in June of 2019. Since that fall, my health has deteriorated. I’m currently under the care and supervision of a physician.”

Jones had already said he was not going to run again in next year’s municipal election.

He was first elected in 1993 and was re-elected for a ninth term in 2017.

“One of the reasons why I’m stepping down is because… my concentration levels are really low. I don’t think I ever recovered from the concussion I got and the hematoma in the brain.”

He said the decision brought forward a lot of emotions.

Jones said two of his fellow councillors will take over Ward 10 responsibilities in the meantime.

According to the City of Calgary, Jones’ seat will remain vacant until the municipal election in Oct. 2021.

“Since receiving the letter of resignation from Ward 10 Councillor Jones, The City has determined that a by-election is not authorized because the vacancy occurred within 12 months of the next General Election. Therefore, the Ward 10 seat will remain vacant until the October 18, 2021, General Election.”

Jones is expected to receive a retirement payout of around $113,000.