Joe Fontana officially resigns as mayor of London

London mayor Joe Fontana speaks to the media outside the court house after being found guilty on...

London mayor Joe Fontana speaks to the media outside the court house after being found guilty on three fraud related charges in London, Ontario on Friday June 13, 2014. Fontana will be sentenced on July 15. CRAIG GLOVER/QMI Agency

Patrick Maloney, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:09 AM ET

LONDON, Ont. ─ Mayor Joe Fontana has resigned, as he said he would.

But his pledge to speak publicly Thursday? It’s not happening.

Fontana formally quit as of 10 a.m. Thursday, notifying the public with an email sent by city hall’s mayoral office staff.

“I will not return to public life,” Fontana states in the email, which indicates his 32-year political career has ended in disgrace.

Fontana was found guilty last week on three charges – breach of public trust, fraud under $5,000, uttering a forged document – relating to a $1,700 expense he charged to taxpayers in 2005, when he was a London, Ont., Liberal MP and cabinet minister in Paul Martin’s government.

He had planned to speak to reporters at a press conference Thursday, but cancelled the event.

Coun. Joe Swan will serve as acting mayor for the next five or six days, as per council policy.

Council is expected to vote early next week – likely Tuesday night – on which of the remaining 14 council members will serve as interim mayor until the term ends in December.


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