Mayor Donald S. Walker agreed tonight to take an indefinite leave of absence for medical reasons, effective Wednesday.
Mayor Pro Tem Clifford Holmes will assume the duties of the city's chief executive while the mayor seeks treatment for chronic medical problems related to a persistent foot injury that initially occurred five or six years ago.
I remember when he hurt that foot. And he's had some other health issues, too. If Mayor Walker is taking leave from work, I'm betting it's something serious enough to pretty much require that.
I certainly don't want to read much into it, so I'll only tell two Donald Walker stories.
1. Mayor Walker shared some of his father's advice with a City Council meeting: Son, don't mess with people's dogs or their trash pickup.
2. Back when Warner Robins was really starting to explode, we were talking about some of the people that wanted to slow things down. I remember he closed the conversation with "I don't know about you, but I'm gonna go get me a damn Blooming Onion."
I always felt Jack Ellis got too much credit for being Middle Georgia's most interesting mayor, when Donald Walker was right down the street.
I wish you a good recovery, Mayor.