Long serving Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale has resigned as he battles with multiple sclerosis.
Cr Pisasale made the shock announcement in his hospital gown and slippers at St Andrew’s Hospital on Tuesday morning.
“It’s a very sad day for me, an emotional day,” he said.
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“After 25 years and not having a weekend off and not having a holiday and getting so engrossed in the city it does take its toll.
“Now it’s my time to look after my health.”
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Deputy Mayor Paul Tully will become acting Mayor until a by-election is held.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate commended Cr Pisasale on his time as Mayor and said he really “put Ipswich on the map”.
“It’s a surprise to me that Paul is moving on, but one thing about mayoralty is that you run full on and when your energy starts going down, you’ve got to move on and let the young bucks step in,” Cr Tate said.
In recent weeks, Cr Pisasale has faced a CCC public hearing into alleged corruption at the 2016 elections.
At a press conference this morning, Deputy Mayor Paul Tully confirmed police had raided Cr Pisasale’s Council office on Monday.
Ipswich’s acting Mayor Paul Tully confirms police searched Paul Pisasale’s council office and home on Monday. pic.twitter.com/0GxixwpXEM
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The CCC investigation remains ongoing.