Mayor Barrow taking a Leave of Absence

As many residents now have heard Mayor Barrow has taken a leave of absence from his role due to medical reasons. On behalf of all residents, I wish Mayor Barrow all the best and a speedy return to his role as Mayor of Richmond Hill!
Mayor Barrow’s Statement issued February 24, 2021
Today I notified Members of Council I will be taking a medical leave of absence from my role as Mayor of Richmond Hill, effective Thursday. I am grateful for Council’s support in granting me this leave.
It troubles me to step away, even temporarily, as this pandemic continues to affect our community. However, the City remains in very capable hands. Deputy Mayor Joe DiPaola has agreed to take on the role of acting mayor until my return.
I am confident that with his leadership, and the support of Council and City staff, Richmond Hill will be in good hands. I’d also like to thank Councillor Godwin Chan for agreeing to serve in my place at Regional Council.
This city has been my home my entire life – it is part of who I am. I look forward to the day, hopefully soon, when I can return to serving our community.
Thank you.
Dave Barrow