SORRENTO — Town officials are awaiting word from Mayor Wilson Longanecker Jr. about when he will return to work.
Longanecker, the son of former Sorrento Mayor Wilson Longanecker Sr. and a former town councilman who won an April 2011 special election to become mayor, has been on sick leave since February after having foot surgery.
Mayor Pro Tem Randy Anny sent a letter to Longanecker last month asking for an update on his medical condition, but town officials have not received a response.
“I haven’t heard anything,” Town Clerk Paige Robert said. “Not a word.”
Anny, too, said he has not received an update on Longanecker’s condition.
Anny lost by eight votes to Longanecker in the April 2011 special election to fulfill the remaining term of former Mayor Blake LeBlanc, which ends next June.
LeBlanc resigned in anger in October 2010 following a dispute with the council.
Earlier this year, former Councilman Lionel Melancon Jr. resigned just days after a heated council meeting on Jan. 17 which ended in a dispute between Longanecker and Anny.
Anny said he was pursuing the updated medical excuse from Longanecker in order to keep the town’s records up to date.
“The Town Council of Sorrento is requesting an updated medical excuse concerning your illness to have on file,” Anny wrote to Longanecker in a letter dated June 20.
“With the upcoming audit, the town wants to insure (sic) all records are up to date. Your cooperation on this matter will be greatly appreciated,” Anny wrote.
Anny added that he and his fellow council members “would like to send you get well wishes during your recovery.”
Longanecker, who makes $765 per month as a part-time mayor, did not answer calls placed to his cellphone on Thursday and Friday, and his voice mail box was full and not accepting messages.
The mayor had previously submitted a letter to town officials from his physician advising that he would be “out from work” from Feb. 22 to an unknown date.