Two-term Tacoma City Councilman Spiro Manthou underwent emergency heart surgery this week and is now recovering, Mayor Marilyn Strickland said an email Friday evening.
“Councilmember Manthou had cardiac bypass surgery on Wednesday,” the mayor’s email said. “His recovery will take 4-6 weeks. The Manthou family has requested that we respect their privacy at this time.”
No further details were made available Friday.
Manthou, 60, a lifelong Tacoma resident and married father of three, first won election to the council’s Position 1 seat in 2003. He won re-election in 2007, but can’t run for a third term due to city term limits.
Four candidates have since filed for the open seat representing the city’s West End. Meantime, Manthou has said recently he is considering future campaigns for public office at the county level. He did not file as a candidate for the coming election.
Earlier Friday, after learning that Manthou had taken a sudden, extended leave from his general services manager job at Bates Technical College, a co-worker referred The News Tribune to Strickland for more details.