Morris City Clerk John Enger is suffering from multiple medical conditions that have kept him from work, but he is fighting for his health to try and return to his duties.
In a press release, Enger said he had a stroke and has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He is currently in physical rehabilitation and being treated for these conditions.
“My goal is to return to work to resume serving the public,” he said in the release. “Thank you for your cards and prayers.”
Mayor Richard Kopczick said many members of the city’s staff have stepped up to help handle Enger’s responsibilities while he is away, including Deputy City Clerk Beth Walker, Deputy City Treasurer Daria Lynes and himself.
“It’s a strain, but we’ve all been able to work together and everyone is doing a tremendous job on filling that void,” said Kopczick.
Enger has been absent from city council meetings since last month. Walker has filled in during those meetings to take the minutes. Lynes has been working with the mayor on assessing budget expenditures, he said.
Enger was re-elected as city clerk in April and in his press release thanked the citizens of Morris for their support in electing him again.
In addition to city clerk, Enger is also the city’s budget officer.