Bonney Lake’s mayor will be cutting back on public events while he battles cancer.
Neil Johnson, who has been in the post since 2006, has chronic myeloid leukemia, which affects the blood and bone marrow.
The disease is treatable, and Johnson’s prognosis is good, said City Administrator Don Morrison.
Johnson couldn’t be reached for comment, but he said in a statement provided to The News Tribune that, “I am confident that I will have a full recovery and be able to get back to living a normal life before long.”
He was diagnosed earlier this year and may require a bone marrow transplant.
He isn’t planning to resign. Bonney Lake has a mayor-council form of government, which means he’s the chief administrator. But the position is part-time, and Morrison said he and Johnson talk nearly every day.
“The basic operation of the city won’t change much,” Morrison said. “He’s still in charge. He meets with people as he’s able to.”
He said he didn’t expect the mayor at Tuesday’s City Council workshop, but he may be at the next regular council meeting.
Bonney Lake is Pierce County’s fifth-largest city with about 17,300 residents.