Austin City Council Member Bill Spelman has been diagnosed with a pancreatic tumor and will take time away from his council duties to handle his health.
According to his office, the tumor was found some time last week and is scheduled to be removed Friday. He is expected to miss at least two weeks while recuperating.
“Just removing the tumor may not be enough to solve the problem,” Spelman said in a release to media. “We won't know what kind of follow-up attention I'll need until after surgery. But the doctors have assured me I can be in the classroom on the first day of the Fall semester, and I expect to get back on the council dais even sooner than that.”
Austin’s Mayor Lee Leffingwell offered the following statement.
“Bill is a good friend and colleague. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family as he works through this difficult process. All of us at City Hall will be working closely with Bill to make sure he and his staff have all the support they need during this time. I look forward to having him back on the dais as soon as he is able,” Mayor Leffingwell said.
All notes and cards can be sent to Spelman’s office at 301 W. Second St., Austin, TX 78701.