AUSTIN, Texas — Austin Metropolis Council Member for District 1 Natasha Harper-Madison is taking a break from serving on council.
Harper-Madison posted on metropolis council’s on-line message board, saying she’s taking a 60-day medical depart efficient Monday.
The council member stated it has been a difficult yr, working by way of melancholy and nervousness.
She wrote, “I perceive the significance of our work and the commitments we’ve got made to our constituents, and I guarantee you that my resolution to take this depart has not been made evenly. I’ve each intention of returning to my duties in good well being with renewed power and dedication to persevering with to serve District 1 and all the Austin neighborhood.”
Harper-Madison stated her employees has been instructed to maintain enterprise working as regular. Constituent Liaison Director Nikki McCullough will function District 1’s first line of response with residents. Coverage Strategist John Lawler will proceed to drive the council district’s coverage work, and Chief of Employees Sharon Mays will handle ongoing tasks within the council member’s absence.
Harper-Madison’s colleagues, together with Leslie Pool, Mackenzie Kelly, Vanessa Fuentes and Mayor Kirk Watson, expressed assist for her resolution and despatched her effectively needs.
In the meantime, metropolis officers from round Central Texas additionally expressed their assist for Harper-Madison’s resolution. Pflugerville Metropolis Council Member Rudy Metayer, Spherical Rock ISD Board Vice President Tiffanie Harrison, Bastrop Metropolis Councilmember Cheryl Lee, Leander Metropolis Councilmember Na’Cole Thompson, Elgin Metropolis Councilmember YaLecia Love and Buda Metropolis Councilmember LaVonia Horne-Williams stated in a press release:
“As elected officers, we all know all too effectively the duties and obligations that include public workplace. Every of our constituents will depend on us to not solely present the mandatory providers and actions to have our neighborhood thrive, but in addition signify the neighborhood in a fashion that really reveals one of the best in every one in every of us. That’s the reason we wholeheartedly assist Austin Metropolis Councilmember Natasha Harper Madison’s resolution to take time to handle her private well being throughout this time of want. It takes braveness to publicly acknowledge the necessity to search help and through her time away, we vastly admire every of you becoming a member of us in wishing her one of the best and praying for her restoration. It’s nice to see that lately the stigmas surrounding psychological well being have continued to erode and leaders like Natasha assist make it clear that if we don’t maintain our personal effectively being, we won’t be able to help others who depend upon our work. All of us stay up for Councilmember Harper Madison’s restoration and continued service to her constituents for years to come back.”