Board President Matthew Whitcomb will serve as interim mayor, July 23
On Monday night, July 6, Mayor David Allaire told the Board of Alderman at its regular meeting that he’ll be out of commission recovering from surgery for esophageal cancer for a few weeks starting July 23, when the surgery is scheduled.
Board President Matthew Whitcomb will serve as acting mayor during that time, per the City Charter.
Allaire told the board that he was diagnosed in March and has been in treatment at the Foley Cancer Center at Rutland Regional Medical Center since then.
Thus far, treatment has not affected his ability to work, but Allaire said recovery post-surgery would likely take at least three weeks.
His surgery will be done at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.
Allaire plans to return to the job as soon as he is able.