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Woodstock City Council Orders Mayor Birtch to Take a Leave of Absence

The Mayor will be paid his full salary during his forced leave of absence while he deals with court proceedings for charges including sexual assault and sexual assault with choking.

WOODSTOCK - Woodstock City council has ordered Mayor Trevor Birtch to take a leave of absence.

The Mayor will be paid his full salary during his leave. The leave of absence will remain in place until he his done with his court proceedings. 

Trevor Birtch has stepped back from his duties since he was arrested and charged in February.

Birtch has been charged with assault, sexual assault, and sexual assault with choking. 

He has not made a public statement on the charges. Birtch has been to a couple of County council meetings since announcing he would be stepping back, however he has not appeared at Woodstock City council. 

There have been several calls for the Mayor to resign, including one from the The London Abused Women Centre. 

The leave of absence motion was brought forward by councillor Deb Tait. It passed unanimously without any discussion.

You can read the motion below: 

Whereas the charges against Mayor Trevor Birtch remain a matter for Mayor Birtch to respond to through the court proceedings, and Whereas responding to the charges through the court proceedings is expected to take a significant period of time, Therefore be it resolved that City Council approves a leave of absence with remuneration for Mayor Trevor Birtch until such time as any court proceedings are concluded not to exceed the end of this term of Council.

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